Sheffield Shield 2015-16
Five moments that turned the Shield final
Following one of the most pulsating Sheffield Shield finals in recent memory, we take a look at the moments that defined the match
In a see-sawing match, these were the big moments that turned the final in Victoria's favour.
Dean-Handscomb put on 130 for the third wicket
While runs were hardly at a premium throughout the match, the nature of the wicket meant any partnership of substance would be crucial to the outcome.
The biggest of match was that shared by Bushrangers duo Travis Dean and Peter Handscomb on day two, the pair coming together with the score on 2-105 in reply to SA's first innings of 340.
The right-handed duo patiently built a stand of 130, with both ultimately posting three figures.
For Dean, it was a breakthrough performance after a lean patch following his memorable debut in October while it was Handscomb's third century of the season in a career that continues to blossom.
There was still plenty of work to do when Dean perished with the score on 245, but the pair had played a crucial role in the outcome of the match.
Redbacks rocked by Sayers absence
With the new ball just four overs old and some heavy cloud overhead, SA's dangerous seam quartet were expected to make inroads into Victoria's middle order when day three got underway.
But their pace foursome was reduced to just three with Test squad member Chadd Sayers cut down by a lower leg injury. Having gone wicketless on day two, Sayers was unable to return to the field and the home side were shorn of a bowler whose nagging line and length would have been tailor-made to exploit the conditions.
The right-armer's absence hurt more as the match wore on and the other three seamers tired, with both sides acknowledging it was a stroke of bad luck that was a factor in the result going Victoria's way.
White powers Bushrangers to a handy lead
Victoria's advantage was a mere five runs when they lost their eighth wicket just before lunch on the third day and the visitors faced the prospect of a tricky fourth innings run chase unless they could salvage something from their final two wickets.
Veteran Cameron White, who had superbly dead-batted the Vics into the final in Alice Springs last week and had adopted the same approach for most of the morning, went on the attack after the interval as he farmed the strike to protect No.10 Jon Holland, who found the going tough against the Redbacks quicks.
White brought up his half-century with a slap over mid-wicket, his eighth boundary, and he would add another three more as well as two sixes before his work was done. The former skipper dominated a 54-run union with Holland, who contributed just five runs but soaked up 26 crucial deliveries, to help hand the Vics a vital 59-run lead.
Holland rips through SA's top order
South Australia had all but erased the 59-run deficit shortly after tea on the third day and with the sun shining, the ball getting softer and 10 wickets still in hand, they were looking to bat Victoria out of the match.
But fresh from his three-wicket haul in his first innings, Bushrangers spinner Jon Holland bagged another three wickets in just five overs to turn the match in his side's favour.
Opener Mark Cosgrove was the first victim, adjudged to have gloved a delivery to Rob Quiney at short leg, a decision that didn't best please the batsman. After Matthew Wade had brilliantly run out Sam Raphael, Holland had captain Travis Head edging behind - another decision that didn't please the dismissed batsman - before Jake Lehmann handed Quiney another catch at short leg the very next ball to reduce the home side to 4-76.
In less than an hour, Holland had removed SA's three most dangerous batsmen and turned the game on its head.
SA's lower order collapses
Having started day four slightly behind, South Australia had moved back towards level pegging in the first session thanks to a century partnership between Jake Weatherald and Alex Ross. The pair added a further 60 runs in the morning before the impressive Weatherald lost his concentration when a maiden first-class hundred was within reach.
The left-hander looked to go after leg spinner Fawad Ahmed and his ultra-aggressive approach proved to be his undoing. Having earned a reprieve when Chris Tremain spilled a tough chance above his head at long-on, the opener went for another big shot a few balls later but only managed to sky a ball to cover.
And as was the case throughout the match, one wicket quickly brought another and then another, the Redbacks ultimately losing their last six wickets for 54 to set a victory target of 193, which wasn't quite enough.