Barnoldswick claimed a pair of wins at the weekend, as they inflicted Whalley’s first defeat of the season.
That came on Saturday, as Whalley visited Barnoldswick in what turned into a high-scoring game.
Whalley must have been fairly confident at tea having posted a score of 241-7, mainly due to a third wicket partnership of 136 between Yogesh Takawale (93) and Declan Bailey (66).
However, Barnoldswick made that total look inadequate, knocking off the runs in just 36 overs for the loss of only one wicket. Brothers Abdul and Umar Saddique put on 223 for the first wicket. Abdul remained unbeaten with 73 not out, but Umar who did most of the damage with a magnificent innings of 140 including 17 fours and nine sixes.
Then Barlick travelled to New Lane on Sunday where they were again in the runs, scoring 238-9. Abdul Saddique continued his scoring form with 73, supported by 43 from Luke Hodgson.
Andeas Sudnik took 5-67. Oswaldtwistle looked well set at 112-2, with Jean Marais (46), however they collapsed to 140 all out with four wickets apiece for Sajid Akhter and Shashrika Pussegolla.
However, Earby remain without a win.
They were at unbeaten Settle on Saturday, who batted first and scored 183 all out, Captain Tom Davidson made 58, as Jake Hargreaves took four wickets. In reply Earby were bowled out for 127, with Hassan Fazal taking 5-35.
The following day at home to Cherry Tree, Tree won the toss and Earby were soon reduced to 29-5. Anton Muller (43) and Hargreaves (22) gave them hope of a defendable score, but 126 all out looked well below par. Kelan Florentine took 5 -47.
The Cherry Tree reply started as if they wanted to get home quickly and other than the early loss of Mark Hadfield, Stefan Klopper (47) and Craig Kennedy (25) scored almost at will to get into three figures.
Josh Yates took 3-15 as wickets crashed, with runs hard to come by, so Cherry Tree were happy to eventually get over the line with five wickets down.
In the 20/20 competition, Barnoldswick were beaten by six wickets by Padiham, despite 80 not out from Shashrika Pussegolla.
Against Read, Muller scored 119 in 53 balls as Earby scored 215-5, but Read chased down the total in 18 overs thanks to Ben Gorton (62) and Ravi Jangid (88 not out).