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West Australian skipper Sam Whiteman has notched a valuable Sheffield Shield century against Tasmania as his side reached 6-350 at stumps on day one.
Whiteman, who was recalled following a bout of concussion and given the captaincy after Shaun Marsh suffered a calf injury against Queensland last week, essentially batted the day to finish unbeaten on 151.
The 29-year-old came to crease in the second over and dug his side out of trouble with a 105-run stand with Josh Philippe (53) for the fifth wicket.
After grafting to 37 at lunch, Whiteman lifted the tempo late in the day with D'Arcy Short (67 off 74 balls), who teed off with a number of blistering cover drives.
Whiteman, who played for Australia A seven years ago, survived a missed stumping chance in the 90s before posting his eighth first-class century.
"The patience he had all day (stood out). Even when he got to 100 he was leaving balls and still sticking to his game plan," Short said of Whiteman.
"It was a magnificent knock to bat the whole day, especially on that wicket."
Whiteman missed WA's last Shield game with delayed onset concussion after getting hit in the back of the head by an errant throw while playing local cricket for Fremantle.
Short, who calls Bellerive Oval home for the Hurricanes in the Big Bash, passed his previous first-class best of 66 before falling to a juggling caught-and-bowled by innocuous part-time medium pacer Jordan Silk.
Lawrence Neil-Smith (3-66) was the pick of Tasmania's bowlers and got rid of Test allrounder Cameron Green (15) and Hilton Cartwright (zero) in quick succession in the morning session.
Fellow paceman Gabe Bell (2-61) did the damage early after the Tigers won the toss, removing former Test opener Cameron Bancroft (one) and youngster Jayden Goodwin (four) in an impressive new-ball spell.
WA quick Jhye Richardson, who is pushing hard for a Test berth, whacked an unbeaten 43 from 41 balls in the hour before stumps.
Former Test skipper Tim Paine is a notable absentee for the Tigers, with the wicketkeeper having opted to make his return from a neck injury via a four-day second XI match in Hobart on Monday.
Paine stepped down from Test captaincy on Friday after it was revealed he sent lewd messages and an inappropriate image to a female former Cricket Tasmania employee in 2017.
The 36-year-old is still available for Ashes selection and was slated to play a grade game for club side University on Saturday but play was washed out.
WA have two wins from their four matches and sit atop the Shield ladder, while Tasmania are fourth with one win.