Whalley are fourth thanks to a Wilkin Mota-inspired performance at Oswaldtwistle Immanuel.
The Indian all-rounder top scored with an unbeaten 86 from Whalley’s 201-4, before taking 5-45 as the visitors ran out 59-run winners.
But it wasn’t all down to the paid man as a couple of the amateurs formed key partnerships with bat and ball to get the locals over the line.
Skipper Richard Lamb said: “It was a good performance against a very decent side who had beaten us earlier in the season.
“We managed to post a competitive score, and Wilkin and Lee Kearsley had a very good partnership which took us from 20-2 to 118-3.
“Lee made 55, and Wilkin batted through and kicked on at the end.
“He then took a five-fer, and he and Simon Gorton (4-29) looked a constant threat.
“They put the squeeze on them and we were pretty comfortable in the end.”
Whalley are at home to Settle on Saturday, but have a free date on Sunday.
And Lamb is sticking to his mantra of one game at a time: “Ideally we can finish in the top four, but like we’ve been saying, we’re just looking to what we can achieve.
“At this stage there are seven games left, and they are all big games against teams in the top half after the split.
“We have no set objectives, we just look to the next game and try and see where it takes us.
“We’re not getting carried away.”
Whatever happens, it has been a season of progress, with the likes of James Galling and Sean Duckworth stepping up to the plate, having been given the opportunity: “We’re building for the future. James has opened the batting and done really well, and Sean bowled well particularly at Brinscall recently.
“We have to look to bring the young guys through.”
Lamb anticipates a tough task against Settle, however: “We beat them earlier in the season, but they had a bit of an off-day and have been on a bit of a roll since. They are third now, but we fancy our chance at home.”