Baxenden can secure a second Houldsworth Ribblesdale League title in three years with victory in their penultimate senior league game at Padiham tomorrow.
But the Back Lane outfit require only 12 points from their last two matches to succeed Clitheroe as champions.
Despite losing the first of their weekend double header against Whalley, Baxenden closed in on the trophy with Sunday’s 85-run win against local rivals Great Harwood.
Simon Payne hit an unbeaten 58 as Baxenden reached 197-6.
The home side then dismissed Harwood for 112 to make amends for their slip-up against Whalley 24 hours earlier.
Then Kamran Younas was the Whalley hero with a magnificent 110 out of 181-9.
Mark Rishton notched 68 in Baxenden’s reply but, needing 11 off the last over, the home side fell just short despite hitting six off the final ball.
Read, who travel to Earby tomorrow, kept up the pressure with two wins but can only hope for any Baxenden slip-up.
They remain 13 points behind Baxenden and three ahead of third-placed Barnoldswick.
Elsewhere,Harwood saw off Oswaldtwistle Immanuel in a close derby encounter on Saturday.
Harwood made 159-9 with pro Syed Shahabuddin top-scoring with 60.
Immanuel had steady contributions from a number of their batsmen but no one could build a big score, with Paul Dignan top scoring with 25 in their 16-run defeat.
On Sunday Ossie lost by seven wickets to Edenfield, having made just 71.
Immanuel are battling to avoid the wooden spoon position and take on Salesbury tomorrow – the team just four points behind them in the league table.
Meanwhile, Great Harwood have signed up popular professional Syed Shahabuddin to return for the 2012 season.
‘Shobby’ has had an excellent season for the club, scoring 1,223 runs and taking 77 wickets in all competitions.
Chairman Paul Houldsworth said: "Shobby has been nothing short of magnificent this season with his performances and we couldn’t have asked for much more from him.
"His record in the two seasons he has spent with us in 2008 and now in 2011 is testament to the professionalism he shows on and off the field.
"It is a real boost for the club to have the deal agreed as we have a busy winter ahead."
Exciting times are ahead for Great Harwood as they also embark on a major refurbishment project of the sports field starting this month.
Thanks to a substantial grant from Biffaward, and the hard work of the management committee at the club, the project to refurbish the outfield drainage system, costing in the region of £25,000, will start shortly.
Club development manager Stuart Maher said: "The essential work has been the result of a four-year long battle to secure the funding which will safeguard the future of the sports field for the local community and will ensure that the facilities available at the cricket club to the people of Great Harwood and beyond will be of the highest standard.
"The club has suffered from a significant increase in the number of postponements of junior and senior practice sessions and league matches, and the timing of the works should ensure that ground will be available for the start of the 2012 cricket season in April."