Buninyong will face its biggest test of the season as it attempts to chase down Darley to secure victory in the Ballarat Cricket Association.
The Bunnies will need to make 363 runs to beat the Lions at St Patrick's oval on Saturday. A smaller ground should favour their quest, which will be made tougher by foretasted cold weather.
Buninyoing captain Liam Brady said it's important his club doesn't focus too much on the score.
"I don't think many of the guys have played in a game where they've chased down 360, but that doesn't mean it cant happen," he said.
"They've got some pretty handy bowlers, so it's important we don't lose early wickets so we can build a foundation to score some runs after tea."
Brady said having wickets in hand late would be vital if his team is to have any chance in chasing down the mammoth score.
He said a good showing from the top order would help lay a foundation for Liam Rigby, Dave Ellis and Mayank Sharma to make quick runs through the middle.
"I think having wickets in hand in the last 20 overs is going to be pretty important," he said.
"If we can have wickets in the shed between that 60 and 80 over mark then we are in with a chance.
"We've got some guys that can hit the ball pretty hard batting middle to low order and we don't want those guys in too early."
Brady said the Bunnies would need to maintain a fast strike-rate to stay on pace of the target, but would need to stay disciplined with the bat also.
He said they would need to be weary of Darley paceman Ben Longhurst and Madushanka Ekanayaka.
Meanwhile North Ballarat face a similar uphill battle in its clash with Mt Clear, which finished 8-301 last week.
North Ballarat captain Leigh Lorenzen said he was confident his troops were up to the task.
Elsewhere Brown Hill, 2-24, will focus on getting its first win of the year against Ballarat-Redan, which was bowled out for 137.
Napoleon-Sebastopol will need to account for Golden Point's 4-290.
And Wendouree, 6-24, will look to fend off East Ballarat.