A spinner who makes his way to Sydney from Canberra every weekend has helped Bankstown move a step closer to adding an elusive Kingsgrove Sports Cup Twenty20 title to its collection of silverware.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Ben Taylor claimed 5-13 as the Bulldogs defeated Fairfield-Liverpool in Sunday's semi-finals to move into the Sydney Thunder Conference final.
They will meet Parramatta - winners over Hawkesbury - in the conference decider.
In the Sydney Sixers Conference, Gordon booked a place in the final with a resounding victory over Sutherland.
Their opponent will be decided on Thursday night when Sydney takes on UNSW at Drummoyne Oval.
Coming off a seven-wicket haul in Premier Cricket, Bankstown's Taylor kept his golden run going by demolishing the Fairfield-Liverpool middle order.
Set 128 to win, the Lions were bowled out for just 99 at Bankstown Oval.
Taylor lives and studies in Canberra and drives to Sydney each weekend to play for the Bulldogs – and they are very glad he is making the trek.
"I've had the opportunity to bowl a few overs over the past couple of weeks in good spin bowling conditions and they are coming out well," he said.
"The boys set a pretty good platform with the bat and the wicket was a fraction slow (on Sunday).
"The quicks did a good job early and they needed to lift the run rate and took a few risks against me.
"I got pretty fortunate and was able to grab a couple."
Bankstown has had plenty of success in the longer formats of the game but is yet to win the T20 competition.
Taylor said: "We've got a good squad with a good vibe and I can’t see why we can’t go one or two better.
"The club's been strong for a long time and won a few one-day and two-day comps and we'd love the opportunity to add a T20 comp to that."
In-form Parramatta will have plenty to say about that after ending Hawkesbury's run in a tight finish at Old Kings.
The Hawks took the game into the last over but were unable to overhaul Parra's formidable 172, falling seven runs short of victory.
Dylan Hunter set-up Gordon's comfortable win over Sutherland, blasting 67 from just 28 balls (seven fours, five sixes) to help the Stags reach 6-179.
The Sharks never really threatened that total, ending their response at 9-148.