Simon Mackin and his WA team-mates celebrate a wicket in last season's win in Hobart // Getty Images
The Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors will look to make it three consecutive Sheffield Shield wins when they face Tasmania at Blundstone Arena starting at 7.30am WST on Friday.
WA knocked off South Australia by seven runs in a thriller last week, having produced a similar fighting effort to defeat Queensland by eight wickets at the WACA Ground prior to the Big Bash League break.
The wins have elevated the Warriors above Tasmania (13.65), into fifth spot with 19.7 points after six rounds. WA is 11.4 points behind second-placed South Australia (31.1) who face leaders Victoria (36.67) this round in Adelaide.
Fourth-placed New South Wales (29.03) and third-placed Queensland (29.19) meet in the round’s other fixture at the SCG.
WA’s lack of bonus points works against their push for the top two, and while the Warriors won’t take bottom-placed Tasmania lightly, the match does present a golden opportunity to keep in touch with the contenders.
The Warriors have omitted Josh Nicholas from the side which won in Adelaide, with either Andrew Tye, Ryan Duffield or 17-year-old potential debutant Cameron Green to come in to bolster the attack.
Fast bowler Simon Mackin led the line with 12 wickets in SA, recording the sixth best figures in WA’s Shield history. His haul also made it 23 wickets in his past two Shield games and four consecutive five-wicket hauls.
Tasmania has made one change, with all-rounder James Faulkner available after ODI duty, while Dominic Michael drops out.
The Tigers lost to Queensland last round by 133 runs at the Gabba, with debutant Andrew Perrin taking five wickets.
Tasmania did defeat the Warriors at the WACA Ground in Round Three, buoyed by Alex Doolan’s double century and Jackson Bird’s five wickets for the game. Bird is unavailable for the return fixture, away with the Test squad.
WA won this fixture in Round One last season, triumphing by 162 runs, led by Michael Klinger’s double hundred.
The Warriors haven’t lost to the Tigers in Tasmania since the 2012-13 season, ironically in coach Justin Langer’s first game in charge.
Tasmania v Western Australia
Sheffield Shield – Round Seven
10-13 February 2017, 7.30am WST
Broadcast: SportFM 91.3 | Live Streaming/Scores: Cricket.com.au
Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors squad: Adam Voges (c), Cameron Bancroft, Hilton Cartwright, Ryan Duffield, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, David Moody, D’Arcy Short, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Jonathan Wells
Tasmania squad: George Bailey (c), Cameron Boyce, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Jake Hancock, Simon Milenko, Andrew Perrin, Sam Rainbird, Jordan Silk, Cameron Stevenson, Beau Webster