A brilliant performance from Joel Robinson has helped South Wagga into their fourth grand final in the past five seasons.
Robinson took 6-37 before making an unbeaten 49 in the four-wicket win over Lake Albert at Robertson Oval on Sunday.
The victory sends the Blues straight into the grand final while Lake Albert will have a second chance of making the decider against Wagga RSL next weekend.
Robinson was thrilled to secure their place.
“We stuck to it all the way and I was really happy with our bowling effort and to chase the runs down,” Robinson said.
“We’re rapt to be there be in a couple weeks time.”
For the second week running, South Wagga proved too strong for the minor premiers.
Once again Lake Albert struggled with the bat and limped to be all out for 135 after some good batting by tailenders Lachy Kendall (24), Sean Gaynor (18), Scott Billington (20) and Tom Doig (18 not out).
The Bulls were in all sorts of trouble at 7-44 before the late resurgence.
They then had the Blues at 3-16 overnight before Robinson, Brayden Ambler (32) and Alex Jones (24 not out) guided the Blues home.
After losing two nightwatchmen on Saturday, Robinson had plenty of faith heading into day two.
“It is a tricky little period to bat and we were confident that we had plenty of batsmen to come,” he said.
“We were in a slightly behind position on the scoreboard, but we had full confidence in the change room that we had plenty of batting to get the job done.”
While South Wagga have an envious record of making it straight through to the grand final, but struggle to convert.
Robinson believes they can change that.
“We have a fair few new faces in the team and we are comfortable with how we have played all year to get into this position,” he said.
“We just have to make sure in two weeks time we turn up over the weekend, put our best foot forward and that is enough to get us the win.”
Alex Smeeth took four wickets for the Bulls.