Penrith are through to the NSW Premier Cricket Limited-Overs Cup final after Josh Lalor guided the side home for a one-wicket win over Sutherland.
The Mount Druitt-born bowler was the hero with the bat with 36 off 35 balls to get Penrith home with one ball remaining.
With Penrith knocked out of the past three Limited-Overs Cups at the semi-final stage, Lalor said it was good to make the final.
“We’re a club that’s traditionally had a really good group of spinners and we use them well and can defend low scores in limited-over cricket really well,” he said.
“It feels like we win a lot of games but this is only the second final we’ve been in in the 10 or 11 years I’ve been there. It’s very rewarding but there’s still one game to go and a job to do.”
On a slower than expected wicket, Sutherland were bowled out for 228 as Lalor took 2-37 off 8.5 overs.
Penrith were in trouble early at 4-43 but Ryan Gibson’s lone hand (80 off 107 balls) kept the visitors in the hunt.
At 7-146 when Lalor arrived at the crease, he played a support role for Gibson before his dismissal and took the lead in the 46-run partnership with Luke Hodges (17), which left Penrith just three runs to win in the final over.
Penrith will host the NSW Premier Cricket Limited-Overs Cup final against Hawkesbury at Howell Oval on February 26.