Kurri-Weston secured the final spot in the Maitland first grade cricket semi-finals despite a herculean effort by Eastern Suburbs to dry their oval enough to start play.
An army of Griffins volunteers were hard at work from 6am on Saturday trying to dry out the ground in particular around the bowling approaches and centre square.
But despite employing everything from garden blowers to rollers they came up short and the game was abandoned shortly after 2pm.
After not scoring any points in last round's outright loss to Western Suburbs and falling to fifth one-point behind Kurri Weston, Easts had to beat Thornton on Saturday and rely on City United beating the Warriors at Robins Oval to make the final.
"You have to feel sorry for Easts as they've had a terrific season, but we were pretty happy to make the finals," Kurri Weston skipper Tyler Power said.
"It's a whole new ball game now. If we play to our full potential we fancy ourselves against the other three teams in the semis."
Kurri Weston were smashed by City United in last season's grand final and face an uphill battle against minor premiers Western Suburbs in the two-day semi-final next weekend.
However, only six weeks ago the Warriors, inspired by a Daniel Russell century, upset Wests in a one-dayer at Kurri Central.
"They finished on top of the table for a very good reason but we have a win over them this season and believe we can get them again."
Northern Suburbs and City United play each other in the other semi-final.