One point separates fifth from 10th heading into another crucial round of McDonald's Men's NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday, emphasising the closeness of this year's competition.
St George and Northern District (both 20 pts) hold onto fifth and sixth spot respectively, keeping Randwick-Petersham and Fairfield-Liverpool (both 20 pts) out of the finals positions on quotient.
Gordon and Western Suburbs round out the top 10, one point outside the six.
Manly-Warringah (32), Sydney Uni (27), Sydney (26) and Eastern Suburbs (26) make up the top four.
Manly take on Northern District at Mark Taylor Oval in the only round seven meeting between top six teams.
"They have been going really well so it will be a good test of where we are at," NDs skipper Ben Davis said.
"The competition table is pretty tight so you can find yourself dropping a few places with a loss.
"It will still take a few more rounds to get a clearer picture but every game is important."
Northern District's position could have been even stronger if it had managed to get over the top of Sydney Uni in a pulsating run chase last round.
Set 314 to win, NDs lost four wickets for five runs to be bowled out for 307 after being 6-302.
"That hurt because apart from those last few overs we were on top, but we've been going okay," Davis said.
"We've got a good mix of older and younger guys and we think we can be a top six side with the team we've got."
Penrith's gutsy one-wicket win over Hawkesbury left them seven points shy of sixth spot and needing to keep the momentum going against Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Last-up centurion Tyran Liddiard said: "Our season was on the line (against the Hawks). If we didn't win that game it could have been all over.
"We must build on that and keep on going if we want to play in the finals."
Extreme Heat, Start of play brought forward 1-hour:
The Sydney Cricket Association has considered the most recent weather data available and determined to bring forward, by 1 hour, the starting time for all Premier Cricket matches scheduled for Saturday 28 November 2020, as follows -
First Grade & Second Grade:
Playing hours are 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Afternoon tea 2.10pm;
There are provisions in the playing conditions for any time lost due to extreme heat on Day 1, to be made up on Day 2.
Third Grade, Fourth Grade & Fifth Grade: (Limited-Overs matches)
Playing hours are 9.00am to 4.45pm.
Schedule and teams: click here
Live streamed matches: click here