Russell Whalley showed Great Harwood what they had been missing all season with a 70 to give Harwood a last game of the season victory against Read.
Prolific batsman Whalley has missed the whole cricket season after breaking his leg playing football in April.
And how the 2008 champions Harwood had needed him as he gave them a reminder of what they have been lacking in parts this season with a big-hitting 70 off 75 balls with eight fours and five maximums.
Cliffe Park opener Allan Armer supported him with a battling 69 as the pair put on a 109-second wicket stand which was eventually enough to see off title challengers Read by 25 runs.
Read went into this final game of theseason still with a shout of the crown – but the weather won out.
Clitheroe were 10 points ahead going into the final weekend and their game against Salesbury was abandoned due to the rain meaning the five points was enough to clinch their first title since 2006 – and end two years of Hyndburn teams dominating the league.
Clitheroe finished their campaign winning 17 of their 26 matches, tieing one of their remaining nine games with former champions Baxenden.
It marks a remarkable 12 month turnaround for Clitheroe, who finished second bottom last season.
Despite that defeat against Harwood, Read still secured runners-up position, 18 points better off than Ramsbottom Cup winners Baxenden who had to settle for third.
Ian Austin’s side’s last game against Whalley was abandoned due to the weather.
Oswaldtwistle Immanuel ended up in second off bottom position after they lost their final clash at Earby – but their season did deserve so much more.
Gerard Metcalf took three wickets to give him career best 61 league wickets for the season while captain Imran Abid completed the campaign with 65 wickets, making him the top amateur wicket taker in the league.
Immanuel pro Chris Cook-Martin finished with 857 runs but has stuttered in recent weeks as he looked to bag 1,000 for the season.
Salesbury, beaten only twice during their Division One title-winning campaign last year, finished with the senior division wooden spoon.
Read succeeded them as First Division champions while Barnoldswick claimed the Second Division title plus promotion.