Second placed Read returned to winning ways with a three wicket success over Ribblesdale Wanderers.
Jon Harvey claimed 6-37 as Wanderers were restricted to 174-9.
Joey Marshall hit a vital half century in the home team’s successful chase that leaves them 28 points behind Clitheroe.
Padiham remain bottom of the table despite winning by two wickets against Edenfield after restricting their hosts to 136-8.
In reply, the locals just got over the line for the loss of eight wickets.
This weekend, Read host Great Harwood on Saturday before a trip to Settle on Sunday, and Padiham are at Barnoldswick before hosting Brooksbottom.
Leaders Clitheroe had no problems collecting another maximum 12-point haul at Preston Old Road against Cherry Tree.
Having dismissed Cherry for 63, courtesy of Jack Dewhurst’s 6-31, the leaders raced to a nine-wicket victory.
Champions Barnoldswick leapfrogged Oswaldtwistle into third courtesy of a nervy two-wicket win over Settle.
Oswaldtwistle Immanuel’s bubble finally burst at Earby.
But Ossie came close to chalking up another win before the Applegarth outfit scraped a one-wicket victory with six balls to spare.
Put in to bat, the visitors made 178-8 with Ramiz Hussein (41) and Ollie Jones (33) sharing an opening stand of 55. Ossie’s total also included 31 extras!
Earby’s victory chances appeared slim when they slumped to 44-5 as Andrew Metcalf and Jon Baldwin shared four wickets.
Richard Craddock kept ‘Ossie’s bowlers at bay with 43 but Earby were really indebted to Ian Clarkson’s 44 off 31 balls, including six boundaries, to see them home.
Saurabh Bandekar was the only batsman to reach three figures in the senior league as Whalley won handsomely at Euxton. The 25-year-old from Mumbai finished unbeaten on 106 - his first ton for the club - as Whalley piled up 235-4 from their 45 overs.
Euxton hardly made a start and Dave Howard’s 5-22 saw the Chorley based outfit bowled out for just 50.
Baxenden, against Brooksbottom, and Salesbury, over Great Harwood, were the day’s other winners.