The quarter-finals of the Bob McCartin Six Red Cup couldn’t have been more thrilling as all three games completed finished in 4-3 scorelines.
And each was decided on the final frame and two of them down to the very last black.
Alfreton Palmer Morewood took the spoils at Belper Strutt No 1 with Ken Rowland edging out danger man Ben Monk on the black in the opener before Simon Mayes increased the lead.
Mark Newby, with his own black ball win, pulled it back to 2-1 and then Steve Bullock defeated Jamie Rowland 29-19 to leave it all square.
However, after the first two scotch doubles frames were shared, the heroes were Ralph Edgson and Will Salt who edged out Newby and Wayne Shooter 45-38 on the final ball to ensure a semi final berth.
Their opponents will be Matlock Cons who defeated Bolehill Institute No 1 on their travels after coming from 2-0 and 3-2 down to win by the minimum margin.
Simon Zoppi won both his frames for the hosts but Richard Deakin and Nick Kay took the decisive doubles frame on the blue.
The other black ball finish saw Edgefold No 2 shade Bolehill No 2 after coming from 3-2 down.
Sean Dobney levelled matters on the black after Ian Peacock had nosed the visitors ahead and eventually it fell to Adam Gregory to take the match winning ball in the scotch doubles after a couple of opportunities had gone begging for the visitors.