Singleton and Upper Hunter cricket associations have made last-minute calls to cancel their respective finals series despite having originally gone against the national governing body's advice to stop all matches in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
The two sporting groups backflipped on Friday and won't take the field this weekend or next to decide major premiers for 2019-20.
Live and breaking news updates: The coronavirus crisis in Newcastle and the Hunter
Cricket Australia (CA), who played a one-day international behind closed doors at the SCG last week and later scrapped the remainder of the Sheffield Shield season, "strongly recommended" on Tuesday "that all amateur cricket played within the community should cease".
The CA statement continued: "Based on expert advice from CA's chief medical officer John Orchard and recent government information we want to ensure that cricket is doing everything it can to contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus".
Singleton district held a meeting on Wednesday night, voting in favour of playing before overturning that decision on Friday afternoon.
Upper Hunter were also looking to forge ahead but pulled the pin on Friday morning.
Elsewhere, an 11th-hour call was made in Mudgee on Friday evening to cancel finals. Down in Victoria, both Bendigo and Ballarat districts only opted against playing deciders during the last 48 hours.
Newcastle announced on Tuesday that no play-offs would take place and no major premiers were crowned.
We have removed our paywall from our stories about the coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation and we want to ensure our readers are as informed as possible. If you would like to support our journalists, you can subscribe here