A depleted Mt Barker side made it two from two on Saturday to book their spot in the Albany and Districts Cricket Association T20 grand final. The Bulls kicked off their day by easing past a lacklustre Railways side with an eight-wicket win before claiming a gripping three-wicket win in their second match against the Royals which came down to the final over. It took a cool Jack Pope (18 not out) and Steven Scott (6 not out) to make the remaining two runs in the final over with three balls to spare. Despite missing captain Jeremy Wood and star all-rounder Nathan Crudeli, who are both on State country duties, the Bulls managed to secure their spot in the big dance with Collingwood Park. Stand-in skipper Alex Fergie said their stars’ absences enabled players such as Pope and Patrick Butler, who took six scalps between them, to stand up. “It’s really good, especially without Jeremy and Nathan — it’s nice to be able to do it without them,” Fergie said. “Jack Pope is really improving as the season goes on and Patrick was really good as well. “We had some other guys step up, which is nice. “We wanted to play smart cricket as a team and everyone bowled and fielded well.” A T20 win contributes half the ladder points as one-day matches, but Fergie said every point was extremely valuable in such a hotly contested season. “We do want to win the T20 comp, but the end of the season is going to come so close down to points,” he said. “You don’t want to be playing Collingwood Park in a prelim because they have such a good bowling attack. “We need a big half of the back end to the year to get up past the Royals.” The Bulls are first on the T20 ladder with a game in hand and a hefty quotient advantage over Collingwood Park in second. Their final T20 game will be against Manypeaks in round 14.