A captain's century from DARLEY skipper Matt Cape has guided the Lions to 7-229 at stumps.
Cape constructed his century well under good bowling from GOLDEN POINT at Eastern Oval.
It will be a big test of Point's batting depth, something that has been under the spotlight at training this week.
Victory is crucial for both teams leading into the Christmas break - Darley is on one first innings win and Point has two.
GOLDEN POINT v DARLEY 7-229
ALSO AROUND THE GROUNDS....
*EAST BALLARAT 3-90 v BROWN HILL 94
EAST BALLARAT is on the verge of a massive upset.
The Hawks bundled out BROWN HILL for 94 runs then stepped up with the bat to put on 3-90 and prove it was not just a bowlers' wicket at Western Oval.
Hawk Oli Hayes by taking 6-15 off 13 overs, including 3-15 off his first six overs.
*MOUNT CLEAR 0-45 v NORTH BALLARAT 119
MOUNT CLEAR opening bowler Dan Hopkinson chipped at NORTH BALLARAT with 5-38 off 21 overs.
This included two wickets in his first two overs at the University of Ballarat.
The Mounties restricted the Roosters to 119 runs. Scott Wright was the Roosters' top scorer with an unbeaten 34 runs.
Will be tough to defend with Nathan Yates (21 runs) and Les Sandwith (20) to resume the chase.
*WENDOUREE 9-270 v BALLARAT-REDAN
RED CAPS' opener Cole Roscholler chalked up a century to guide Wendouree to a healthy 9-270 on home turf.
Roscholler formed a 109-run second-wicket partnership with Scott Carey after opener Brandon Weatherson was dismissed for a duck.
Carey reached 47 runs, then Roscholler continued to put a combined 64 runs with Heath Pyke for the third wicket.
*CORONET CITY v NAPOLEONS-SEBASTOPOL
Napoleons-Sebastopol worked quickly against Coronet City to have City all out for 80 runs within 41 overs.
This was City's firsts' season debut on their new home turf at Ballarat High School.
Naps' skipper Carman Mapatuna (4-11 off 5.1) and Liam Rigby (2-11 off 6) were most economical with the ball.