The Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors will tomorrow throw everything they have at the Victorian Bushrangers in the final day of the Sheffield Shield clash in Alice Springs, holding just a 62-run lead with three wickets in hand.
A strong late spell from Bushrangers quick James Pattinson halted an inspired WA charge on Day 3 by Hilton Cartwright (101) and Michael Klinger (55) to return momentum to Victoria.
A win for Victoria would both clinch a spot for the Bushrangers in the Sheffield Shield final and end any chance the Warriors have of contesting the decider.
WA ended Day 3 at Traeger Park on 7-238 - 62 runs ahead, with D'arcy Short (7*) and Jason Behrendorff (4*) the batters at the crease.
Despite conceding a 176-run first innings deficit, WA gamely fought its way back into the contest through the stubborn, four-hour, 139-run fourth-wicket partnership between Cartwright and Klinger.
The pair had WA grind its way through the day at just 2.2 runs an over.
But with WA starting to build a lead, 17-Test paceman Pattinson struck with a devastating spell of three wickets in six balls.
Both Cartwright and Klinger went to controversial LBW decisions, while wicketkeeper Josh Inglis was castled for a duck, giving Pattinson 4-48 from 18 overs.
With one further round to be played, Shield frontrunner Victoria is not only chasing a berth in the season decider, but also hosting rights.
WA, which beat Victoria by an innings in the teams' last match, is one of four teams chasing the other spot in the final.