After debuting back in the 2007-08 season for the Mariners, the 29-year-old played a number of Third Grade matches for Fremantle before filtering back to Rockingham Mandurah, becoming a permanent fixture since the 2014-15 season to reach the milestone quicker than expected.

"It's a pretty good feeling," Ugle said.

"It's a bit of a surprise really, I've only played first grade cricket consistently for the last few years, so it's come up quickly.

"I had no idea that I was that close, I don't really follow the stats that closely, but it's a pretty good achievement and it's something I'm pretty proud of."

Following his brilliant century in Round 14, Ugle is now the Mariner's leading run scorer for the season with 437 runs, sitting 21st overall in the competition.

"Over the last few years, I've really developed my Two Day game," he said

"When I first started at Rocky, I was pretty attacking and I like to put the bad ball away.

"But working on my Two Day game, it's given me an opportunity to work on my patience to try and stay out in the middle for long periods of time."

That hard work and persistence paid dividends in Round 14 as Ugle scored his second century for the season – a season high score of 118 – and his sixth century overall in First Grade.

"I felt mentally that I was hitting the ball as well as I had been lately," he said.

"As well as having a free mind out in the middle over the last few months, I've been really feeling that mentally I could go out and bat for a long time.

"I know if I'm out there long enough, the easier it gets, so I've been keeping it simple lately which makes it easier to score runs."

While conventional stroke play usually leads to run scoring and success, Ugle believes it is his unusual batting technique and flamboyant style which has put him amongst the best batsmen in the competition.

"I guess I've been told I have a bit of a different technique to other batsmen," he said.

"I didn't come through the junior WACA program, I came from country cricket and I didn't really have the whole straight bat technique.

"I was a bit flamboyant and I have different techniques to your conventional cricketer."

Although Ugle been in sparkling form in season 2017-18, the same could not be said for Rockingham Mandurah, sitting ninth on the ladder with seven wins and seven losses after struggling for consistency throughout the year.

"We've had our ups and downs," he said.

"It's more of a developing phase at Rocky at the moment.

"I think in the next few years the young guys will develop and hopefully can push towards finals. We need them to gain experience, bat longer and make decent partnerships so we can improve."

Rockingham Mandurah take on Fremantle in Round 15 on Saturday March 3 at Stevens Reserve West at 11:00am.