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Games slip through fingers of St Joseph's

St Joseph's has let two winning chances slip during its Twenty20 contests in Benalla District Cricket Association at the weekend.

OLIVER CAFFREY December 16, 2013 4:20am

Daniel Edwards was on fire for Violet Town on Saturday, blazing 60 not out against St Joseph’s in their Twenty20 clash.

St Joseph’s captain-coach Trevor Saker was left devastated after his side gave up winning positions in both of its Twenty20 matches on Saturday.

St Joey’s had premiership favourite Violet Town on the ropes at 6-39, chasing 110, but a blistering 60 not out from Daniel Edwards helped the Towners secure their ninth win of the season on the second last ball of the match.

Saker said it was a character-building afternoon, with St Joseph’s giving up a chance to move into outright second on the Benalla District Cricket Association ladder.

‘‘We are bitterly disappointed, we just should never have lost from that position against Violet Town, but we had two great games of cricket,’’ Saker said.

‘‘Edwards played out of his skin, he hit the ball so cleanly, but we probably bowled a bit to his strengths.’’

Stephen Lister (47 not out) and Brendan Anderson (24) batted well for St Joseph’s to set the Towners a tricky target to chase down.

St Joseph’s first game of the day was equally as heartbreaking, going down to Delatite on the last ball of the day.

‘‘We had the field up for the last ball, they needed one for a tie and two for a win, but they hit a four and that was it,’’ Saker said.

However, Saker said his team should have never been in that position after losing steady wickets after a flying start.

St Joey’s finished their 20 overs on 5-99, despite some good performances from Sam Gladstone (19) and Anderson (36).

‘‘We should’ve scored more runs, but having said that, you could look at the ‘what ifs’ with the ball as well,’’ Saker said.

‘‘We were looking like making 120 or 130 at one stage, but we lost wickets and that slowed us down.’’

Elsewhere, Simon Holmes’ 67 guided Violet Town to a tight four-wicket win against Warrenbayne.

But Warrenbayne was able to secure one victory from the day, downing Benalla by one-wicket to cap a thrilling afternoon of results.

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