The Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup will crown a first-time winner later this month after the 2020/21 finalists are decided on Sunday.

Bankstown will play Parramatta in the Sydney Thunder Conference preliminary final at Bankstown Oval, while Gordon host UNSW at Chatswood Oval in the Sydney Sixers Conference play-off.

The two winners meet in the final on January 26.

None of the four preliminary final clubs has previously won the title and each is desperate to collect the silverware – and $18,000 prizemoney – for the first time.

Parramatta won the Belvidere Cup in 2017/18 and Bankstown claimed the one-day crown in 2015/16, but it's been a lengthy title drought for Gordon and UNSW.

The Bumble Bees won the limited overs title in 2004/5 and you have to go back to the 1990/91 season to find Gordon's last major victory – the 1990/91 Belvidere Cup.

"It's a proud club which has been around for a long time and it would be great to win a title after so long," Gordon skipper Tym Crawford said.       

"We are a relatively new side with some players coming to us from other clubs and a few guys pushing up from the lower grades.

"We've been playing some pretty good cricket and we are confident of doing well on Sunday."

Gordon will have the benefit of playing at home in front of its noisy lower grade fan club, but UNSW won’t be fazed.

The Bumble Bees pulled off a major shock in downing defending champions Sydney in the semis under the Drummoyne Oval lights.

The visitors restricted the powerful Tigers' batting line-up to just 129 and chased down the runs with four wickets and 10 balls to spare.

Crawford said: "Knocking off a side like Sydney is very impressive. They will be confident and have great belief in themselves after that."

Bankstown and Parramatta enter their preliminary final undefeated after claiming four wins during the qualifying rounds.

Bulldogs spinner Ben Taylor looms as a real threat for the home side, while Parramatta opener Ben Abbott could hold the key for his team.

Taylor said: "We go in with a lot of confidence based on how we've played throughout the T20 competition.

"But we know Parramatta can be a really destructive team on their day, particularly if Ben Abbott gets going.

"He hit a hundred against us when we played them in a T20 last season and we'll have plans around trying to minimise his impact on the game."

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