Wagga RSL only needed half of their match to send Kooringal Colts packing.
After Nick Grant ripped through the Colts batsmen for 112, the Bulldogs passed their total just before stumps at McPherson Oval on Saturday.
While play continued on day two, with RSL resuming on 4-117, the clash was soon called off on Sunday.
At the first drinks break RSL hadn’t lost another wicket and with Josh Staines (57 not out) and James Richards (32 not out) still at the crease.
Colts gave up their hopes of coming away with an outright result needed to keep their season alive.
After falling to St Michaels last week the Bulldogs bounced back in the first week of the finals.
However it isn’t all good news with Jake Hindmarsh in doubt for the preliminary final.
Hindmarsh only got through 6.2 overs before succumbing to a side strain.
He brought the issue into the match and despite getting through his first spell he had a limited role.
“He did it the week before and bowled his first spell was ok, but in his second spell he only last two balls,” captain James Richards said.
“Unless something changes he will be in doubt for week.”
Without Hindmarsh, Richards called upon Grant to step up with his team’s season on the line.
And step up he did.
He claimed 6-38 off 12 overs to steer the match in RSL’s favour.
“Without him (Hindmarsh) we needed a big effort from Nick and he bowled awesome,” Richards said.
“He's bowled well this season, without a lot of luck, so it was good to see him pick up some wickets.”
Richards was pleased with how his team responded after what he described as a horrible start.
“Our first four overs were all over the shop, but we got a lucky wicket when Sam Whitfield got out,” he said.
After getting Whitfield caught behind off of wider delivery, Richards implored his team to better or risk an early exit from finals.
They managed to get back on track although Keenan Hanigan was a thorn in their side with 44.
With the bat, Staines continued his brilliant run of form to get the Bulldogs over the line but it was Joe Kenny who got his team heading in the right direction.
Coming in with his team in early trouble, Kenny’s aggressive approach turned the match’s momentum.
His 54 featured seven boundaries.
“It was 3-40 and I was thinking here we go again but Joe Kenny came out and batted really aggressively and took the game away from them,” Richards said.
Wagga RSL now faces Lake Albert for a place in the grand final against South Wagga.