AFTER 14 rounds of competition since October last year, the Wimmera-Mallee Cricket Association is ready for finals action at last.
Reigning premier St Mary's will travel to take on a strong Donald side in the first semi-final at Rich Avon.
The two teams will know each other's games well after meeting in the final round of the season at the weekend.
Donald won the first innings, but St Mary's came back strongly in the second innings to take an outright win and deny Donald the minor premiership.
Saints all-rounder Tim Bell said his side was confident it could replicate its performance against Donald in the finals.
"We're reasonably confident that we can get a win," he said.
"It's finals and anything can happen though - cricket is a funny game."
Bell said St Mary's prided itself on a strong bowling attack and believed its attack could handle any batting line-up in the league.
"We took 10 wickets in 20 overs last week and we're confident we can do it again," he said.
Bell said Blake Grant and Jake Leith would be Donald's danger-men with the bat, while Dion Hawkes and Brent Gilmour would worry the St Mary's batsmen with the ball.
He said the Saints would focus on their own game and try to get a win rather than worry about a potential grand final encounter with either of the other semi-finalists.
Bell said the matchup between minor premiers St Arnaud and Wycheproof-Narraport would be closer than many people thought.
"It'll be interesting to see what happens there because Wyche haven't missed the finals in about 10 years," he said.
"I think they might be a 'smoky' to roll them in that game."
St Arnaud defeated Wycheproof-Narraport in both of their previous encounters this season.
St Arnaud scored a comfortable 27 point, first-innings win in the first meeting between the two sides, but the Demons made a game of it in their second match-up to go down by only five points in round 12.
The winners of both semi-finals will meet in the grand final on March 9.