Kurri Weston and Eastern Suburbs are in the box seat against top-two rivals Northern Suburbs and Raymond Terrace respectively after day-one of round 12.
Kurri Weston posted what turned out to be respectable total of 198 led by 67 to Simon Marshall and 34 to Josh Tuckwell.
Cael Smith was in devastating form with the ball taking 5-36, his best return since joining Norths this season.
However, as he has done so often this season Kurri Weston’s Alex Seamer rose to the challenge and took 4-51 to leave Norths in trouble and with a lot to do on 6/110.
“There wasn’t a great deal in the pitch, it was just a case of a great spell of bowling from Cael and then Alex Seamer did the same job on us,” Norths all-rounder Lincoln Mills said.
“Alex bowled very well, it wasn’t a case of us playing rash shot he was just too good.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do if we are going to get the win.”
Raymond Terrace also have a power of work to do if they are to salvage a win after Easts posted 210 in 47 overs and then had the Lions 7/90 in just 33.
Andrew Vickery and Josh Hicks led the scoring with 53 and 55 as Lions spinner Aiden Bills 5-59 and Nick Savage 4-53 did the damage with the ball.
Easts bowlers shared the wickets, with Lucas Sargent claiming 2-7, Jayden Park 2-9 and Jack Bennett 2-11.
Shannon Bills made 24 and Jacob Page and Cameron Bates were not out on 23 and 12 respectively. The Lions’ cause is aided by Nick Savage and Jaymes Thomas still to bat.