Then there were five.
The Bendigo District Cricket Association finals race will be decided in the last round after Strathdale-Maristians kept its slim finals hopes alive by playing out a tie with Strathfieldsaye.
The Suns' season looked doomed when Strathfieldsaye was 8-150 chasing 152 for victory at the QEO.
However, in a tense conclusion the Suns took the final two wickets for the addition of just one run to tie the match.
The three points took the Suns to 39 points - seven points behind fourth-placed Huntly-North Epsom and 10 points behind second-placed Eaglehawk.
With the Borough playing third-placed Sandhurst in the final round, the door is slightly ajar for Strathdale if it can defeat White Hills outright and collect 10 points.
"Our bowling is the area that has let us down a little bit lately, but our effort with the bat the first week of the game is what really disappointed us,'' Strathdale skipper Ben DeAraugo said.
"151 was never going to be enough on that wicket, so we knew we'd let ourselves down the first week.
"It was great to see the bowlers click in with some consistency and bowl in partnerships on Saturday.
"The positive (out of the tie) is that our bowlers worked into some form to be able to execute a miracle next game.
"Fingers crossed we can do it."
White Hills was beaten outright by Eaglehawk in round two this season and its own finals chances were quashed by Golden Square on Saturday.
The Suns' last outright win was against Bendigo last season, while the last time they defeated White Hills outright was round 10 of the 2006-07 season.
DeAraugo said star all-rounder Sam Johnston (foot) was unlikely to play again this season.
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