The outcome of both matches came down to the final rubber when round eight of the Lithgow Table Tennis Association Autumn Competition was played at the Old Trades Hall.
Competition leaders Sharnie's Boys and second-placed Smashes entered their clash with the fate of the minor premiership hinging on the result.
Smashes needed to win to keep their first-place chances alive but their hopes were soon in tatters after dropping the first three rubbers to trail 6-1.
They recovered to get back to 7-5 down nearing the halfway mark but Sharnie's Boys went into the doubles with a handy three-game gap at 13-10.
Smashes tightened it up by taking a close 2-0 result in the first doubles and suddenly it was anyone's match at 13-12. The teams split the first two games of the second doubles, leaving the final game to decide the outcome.
Smashes took it comfortably, but the resulting 14-all tie was enough to see Sharnie's Boys clinch the minor premiership with one round remaining.
Jason Bailey was best for Sharnie's Boys with 6-1, the night's best record, while Mick Wagner went the distance at 4-5 and Leon Rust scored 3-4.
Linda Kappos and Peter Jaccoud both broke even at 4-4 for Smashes, and Matthew Kappos went 2-5.
Grippers' hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon centred on them knocking over third-placed Charolais and they made a solid start by leading 5-4 after three rubbers.
A 6-2 Charolais run put them in front 10-7 and they maintained the status quo at 14-11 entering the doubles. Grippers took the first doubles 2-0 to get within one at 14-13 to again leave the last rubber as the decider.
Charolais snuck in 2-1 for them to finish in front 16-14 in an entertaining match that saw eight of the eleven rubbers go the full three-game distance.
All of the Charolais side made good contributions to the win, with Kelly Gurney going 5-2, Pauline Wellfare 5-4 and Sean Jenkins 4-5.
Lou Kappos (5-4) just made it into the black for confirmed cellar-dwellers Grippers, while Riza Wiradi ended square at 4-4 and Shane Eagle went 2-6.
The competition now goes into a two-week hiatus for the school holiday period and play will recommence on April 21, with the last regular season round allowing teams to get ready for the play-offs.
Pointscore: Sharnie's Boys 26, Smashes 20, Charolais 16, Grippers 6.
Matches for April 21: Round 9; Sharnie's Boys v Charolais. Grippers v Smashes.
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