Teams in and around the McDonald's Women's Premier Cricket top four are busy doing their sums as the desperate fight for finals spots hots up.

 

Eight points separate second from sixth with just three rounds remaining, ensuring just about every match will have some sort of bearing on the play-offs picture. 

 

Universities are matching a late bid for the four on the back of three straight wins.

 

The Students can take another giant stride towards a finals berth by knocking off Parramatta at David Phillips Field on Sunday.

 

Fifth-placed Unis are one spot and one point above the Two Blues.

 

"With our current place on the table and only a few matches remaining, this match is a great opportunity to push for a place in the finals," skipper Maddy Darke said.

 

"Every point for us is very important at this stage of the competition. 

 

Asked the reason behind the side's dramatic turnaround in recent weeks, Darke said: "Aggressive batting from Rachel Trenaman has been pivotal, both with setting and chasing down totals. 

 

 "We have good variety with our bowling attack as well as some dynamic batters who can really take the game away from the opposition. 

 

"As we will have to chase bonus points to push for the finals early wickets will be very important to put the opposition under pressure to ultimately restrict them to a low total."

Bankstown is clinging onto fourth spot heading into its meeting with Campbelltown-Camden, Northern District host Penrith and Gordon are up against St George-Sutherland.

Eleven NSW Breakers players have been released back to their clubs for this round.