WANTIRNA South captain Matt King thought he'd blown his side's chances of beating Bayswater Park on Saturday after dropping Sharks star Marcus Adams on 70.
At 2-130 shortly before tea and with Adams in control, Bayswater looked a chance of chasing down Wantirna South's 234 in their RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield match.
However, Devils fast bowler Drew McKay stepped up to take the crucial wicket of Adams just four runs later.
King said the dismissal of the in-form opener Adams (74) was the game changer, the Sharks losing their final eight wickets for 41 to be all out for 177.
"Yeah, his wicket was the difference. I dropped him on 70, but luckily we got him out a few runs later," he said.
"We dropped him twice throughout the game. He came out after tea a little bit weary though and thankfully we took advantage."
However, McKay (5-46) and David Ryan (3-27) were instrumental with the ball as the Sharks' middle and tail end imploded.
"It was a very tight game, they were in control until a few overs after tea," he said. "But we managed to get on top of them, and clean up their tail end with some great bowling."
King was adamant it was his side's bowling attack that won the game, and praised the influence of McKay in particular.
"He was the difference in the end. If he didn't take the five wickets we wouldn't have won the game. He really turned it around," he said.
"David [Ryan] also was fantastic, cleaning up at the end and getting his three wickets. Our bowlers really did the job for us today."
It wasn't the first time that Bayswater Park's middle order suffered a collapse, which gave Wantirna confidence after the wicket of Andrew McKenzie (34).
"In their first or second game of the season they did the same thing, and after the 30th over or so, they did it again,' King said. "We knew once we got their top four, we were going to get them all out."
Going into the second day, the Devils are unsure as to whether their efforts a week earlier was enough for the win.
"On a fairly slow ground, we thought the 234 was going to be enough But they started to get about four runs an over at the beginning."
King admitted he had some anxious moments during the day.
"When they were on 2-130 odd we thought we might be losing this," he said. "Once we got a few out, we started attacking their batters more, then finally we cleaned up their tail end."
Lindsay Trollope Shield: South Croydon 24 points, 1.81 per cent; North Ringwood 24, 1.55; Ainslie Park 16, 1.20; Wantirna South 12, 1.19; Mooroolbark 12, 0.61; Bayswater Park 8, 1.08; South Warrandyte Hawks 8, 1.01; Croydon North 8, 0.55; Warranwood 0, 0.87; Norwood 0, 0.55.