By STEVE SPINKS
IT wasn't quite scenes of Brisbane 1960 or Chennai 1986, but Oakes Oval in Lismore was the venue for some local cricket history on Saturday night.
Tintenbar-East Ballina and Southern Districts played the first Far North Coast LJ Hooker League one-day match tie.
The scores were locked at 7-189 after each team's allotted 45 overs.
The 'Bar needed two runs off the final ball to win, but captain Duncan Elphick could manage only a single to earn the tie.
Because of the tie, both teams will progress to the next round of the knockout tournament.
Elphick was facing his first ball of the match after Tintenbar-East Ballina No3 Phil Dalli had been run out for 43 on the previous delivery.
"I've been playing cricket for 20 years and I've never played in a tie," Elphick said.
"It was a really good game ... a great game to play in."
The five winning teams from the weekend plus the best losing team all move through to the second round on January 8.
Remarkably, the tied match completes the whole set of results for Tintenbar-East Ballina this season.
They've had a loss, a win, a draw and a tie.
The tie also produced the first first-grade century of the season.
Southern Districts No4 Paul McLean caressed 104 in a classy knock.
"He batted very well," Elphick said.
"He didn't give a chance until he was in the 80s."
Rex Parrish helped the score along with 30.
However, after reaching 8-179 Souths looked in real trouble with Tintenbar-East Ballina cruising at 0-100 off 25 overs.
Openers Brett Crawford (52) and Mick Warburton (56) were in good form, and Dalli kept the score ticking over once they departed.
But some tidy fielding and bowling by Souths built up the pressure on the 'Bar, forcing them to chase 18 runs off the final two overs.
"We were in a winning position," Elphick said.
"But then they bowled themselves back into it.
"We probably did well to scrape out a tie considering."
Experienced right-arm fast-medium bowler Paul Fredericks put the stops on Tintenbar-East Ballina's innings with nine well-directed overs yielding 1-20.