The 28-year-old was unaware of the upcoming milestone match and could not believe how quickly it seemed to have come.

“It’s pretty scary how quickly time flies,” Murphy said.

“I remember my first season in 2006, I was just 17 and we played against Scarborough in the Grand Final where Justin Langer played out an unbelievable century to help us win. 

“I came up through the juniors at Subiaco Floreat, won couple of A-grade premierships, it still feels like yesterday.”

Although the opening batter was determinedly modest, he felt it was his resilience that set him up to reach the milestone and enjoy a long career in the first-grade side.

“It’s a nice achievement,” he said.

“I’m a bit of a battler who gets in and has a crack really and as an opening batsman, you have to be resilient.

“I’ve been able to contribute at various times and in big games, I just go out there and do my best.”

Murphy’s resilience and positive outlook came through his love of the game and his hopes to play first-class cricket for WA after being selected in the Australian under 19’s side in 2007.

“We toured Malaysia and Pakistan,” he said.

“Getting to play cricket for your country was an amazing experience and after going through that, I always had high hopes to play first-class cricket.

“It didn’t pan out that way but that’s what being resilient is about, coming in with a positive outlook and I think I have a good outlook on things now.”

As for Murphy’s fourth-placed Lions, he believes success is just around the corner.

“I think we’ve done pretty well so far,” he said.

“We’ve got a few different faces from last year but a lot of the young guys are contributing well.

“I think we’re certainly in the mix again and hopefully we can embark on another successful final’s campaign.”

However, the modest Murphy is looking to continue playing his role for the side, contributing with the bat and guiding the younger players on their first-grade journey.

“I just want to contribute to a successful team,” he said. 

“For me that means scoring runs and setting the game up for the younger guys in the middle order and helping them through their innings.

“If all goes well, hopefully we can be in the mix come March and have a crack at another flag.”

Subiaco Floreat’s Round Nine One-Day match against Rockingham Mandurah begins on Saturday December 23 at 11am at Floreat Park Oval.