Alex Carey of the Redbacks plays a cover drive during the Sheffield Shield final between Victoria and South Australia in Alice Springs.
Alex Carey of the Redbacks plays a cover drive during the Sheffield Shield final between Victoria and South Australia in Alice Springs. Brendon Thorne

Holland stars as Victoria eyes Shield title hat-trick

ALEX Carey walked in the shoes of Adam Gilchrist but Jon Holland continued his Sheffield Shield final torment of South Australia as Victoria closed in on a title hat-trick in Alice Springs.

The Bushrangers (2-38) lead by 238 runs in their second innings against a gallant Redbacks attack facing a fourth day in the field.

Chadd Sayers will have the motivation of requiring six scalps to snare Colin Miller's 67-wicket season record for Tasmania in 1997-98 after dismissing Marcus Harris (21). Sayers has sent down 40.2 overs in unforgiving heat this match.

Daniel Worrall removed Rob Quiney (1) but Travis Head's men require a miracle to upstage the champion with two days remaining. Composed opener Travis Dean (12) and night-watchman Chris Tremain (3) will attempt to bury SA on day four.

Holland's 7-82 decimated the Redbacks who folded for 287 in 84.3 overs and endured a 200-run deficit.

Body willing, Holland is destined to augment a two-Test journey given his mastery and evolution since returning from a Sri Lanka debut last August.

"I am feeling good, done a lot of work on bowling and came here confident I could do a job. One more win would make me happier. I have learnt to bowl with different trajectories, action so when things aren't happening you can turn to that," said Holland.

AFL star turned keeper-batsman Carey joined legend Gilchrist, Matt Wade and Chris Hartley in recording a 500-run, 50-dismissal Shield double in the bright spot for the Redbacks.

"It is a nice little achievement on a tough day. A couple of wickets before stumps gives us some hope," Carey said.

Carey should surpass a 58-dismissal season record held by Wade Seccombe and Hartley onm Wednesday having chewed up the eight runs required to clinch the double distinction on day three.

"You look at the quality of those players but a lot of credit has to go to our bowlers. It's not a bad season so far. I looked up to Chris, Gilly and Wade - all left-hand batsmen as well," Wade said.

Carey (57) - with a fifth half-century of the summer - and opener Jake Weatherald (60) proved the only lines of resistance before falling to irresistible left-arm spinner Holland.

Weatherald has posted three straight final half-centuries in a pointer to the left-hander's big-game temperament.

Holland is now second on the Sheffield Shield wicket list with 49 behind Sayers on 62.

Holland has plundered 47 wickets inside 12 matches against South Australia including 15 in successive Shield finals.

He ran through Callum Ferguson (26), Travis Head (0) and Lehmann (14) before lunch.

Using the footmarks with aplomb and gaining real bite, Holland won a fortunate lbw shout against Head then bowled Weatherald after lunch with big turner from outside off stump.

James Pattinson knocked over Tom Cooper (6) before Holland and keeper Seb Gotch combined to end Joe Mennie's 68-run stand with Carey.

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