Elmwood will host Edgeware on Saturday in the ASB premier interclub sudden death semifinal with just two points separating the second and third teams after the regular season play.
Elmwood claimed the home advantage despite being downed 6-0 by table-topping Cashmere in the final round-robin match last Saturday.
Edgeware could have overtaken Elmwood had they swept Waimairi but in losing two matches lost the chance for a home tie.
Cashmere, who have dominated the championship and lead by 40 points, are automatically through to the February 23 final.
Although Cashmere won every match in straight sets, Elmwood did extend their Cashmere counterparts at times.
But the home side with the Meredith brothers, Matthew and Tim, along with veteran Peter Hampton and Johnny McHarg dominated the singles.
Burnside Park left Hagley Park sitting firmly at the foot of the ladder with another 4-2 win.
In the women's premier matches leader Elmwood's advantage was eaten up by Burnside Park when they sat out with the bye.
Burnside Park trounced bottom-placed Cashmere 6-0 with the hosts only fielding three players, thus automatically conceding two matches.
Burnside Park's maximum 16 point return pushed it to 88 just eight behind Elmwood. A final decision has yet to be made on the makeup of the women's playoffs with a rained-off match earlier in the season affecting the outcome.
Hagley Park headed Waimairi eight sets to six on countback after they were locked at three matches all.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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