Launceston and Longford are on a collision course to earn the last place in the statewide Twenty20 final.
Both clubs picked up comfortable victories on Sunday to seal their spots in the Hurricanes Community T20 Cup semi-finals.
The winners of the rival Cricket North and TCL grudge match will take on the best side from the South.
The competition involves all clubs in the state outside the Cricket Tasmania Premier League competition.
The eight Hobart clubs have introduced its own round-robin series this summer since the Greater Northern Raiders joined the premier sides.
Last season’s champions were Sandy Bay-South Hobart, who defeated Longford by 70 runs last March at the NTCA No.2 Ground.
But the TCL T20 specialists will be buoyed by an easier path to the elusive title.
The Country Tigers had little trouble in casting aside Branxholm at the Longford Sportsground.
The North East side were bundled out cheaply for 94 in 17.5 overs.
Longford paceman Brett Martin led the way with 4-16.
Left-armer Max McGann chipped in with 2-10 off just four tidy overs.
Longford always looked on target, reaching 5-96 with 29 deliveries still remaining after losing late wickets.
Experienced pair Jason Snare, with 31 off 26 balls, and Rob Moore, who added 22 off 30 balls, saw Longford through to the end and into a northern final against Launceston.
The Lions belted its way to an even bigger victory that almost pitted cricket’s David against Goliath.
Taking on St Marys from the East Coast, the Lions destroyed the battling attack all over the NTCA Ground.
Greater Northern Raiders vice-captain Alistair Taylor continued his threatening form with 82 off just 60 balls.
But it was teammate Tom Bennett that was in a most destructive mood.
The impressive No.3 batsman smashed 96 runs in just 48 balls in an hour of power hitting that included six sixes and six fours.
Launceston finished on 3-211 off its 20 overs to all but secure the win early.
When St Marys fell to 4-26, the writing was on the wall.