The 22-year-old, who debuted for the Storm in the 2014-15 season, has rarely missed a match since making his way into the senior side, playing no less than 10 matches each season.

“It’s a great feeling to play 50 matches for Melville,” Hay said.

“I didn’t have any idea that I had played that many, but it’s a good feeling and I guess it puts me in good company with a lot of great cricketers at our club.

“It’s not really something I keep track of, but it’s nice to get there and I guess it means I’m playing my role for the team.”

After reaching the milestone in what seemed like record time, Hay reflected on his ambitions when first getting the call up to the starting XI.

“I guess I started a bit later than most,” he said.

“When I got the first call up, it was all about trying to do the best I could and cement my spot in the side."

Although Hay admitted this year hasn’t been his best year with the bat so far, the aggressive batsman knows he can turn it on when needed.

A 417-run season batting late in the order in 2015-16 highlights Hay’s batting prowess and why he is so valuable in the eyes of Melville’s hierarchy.

“I’m not going particularly great at the moment,” he said.

“Nailing that spot at number four is my first priority. It’s my first year batting in the top order, so hopefully I can keep it and who knows what will happen after that.

"I’m looking forward to the T20 competition because I think that suits my game a little more.”

With Hay keeping steady, Melville has also steadied its season, after starting the year with one loss, one win and two draws.

After seven rounds, the Storm now sit ninth on the ladder after adding a further two victories and look set to charge up the ladder.

“The club has been going a bit better than expected considering the start we had to the season with a few washouts. We’re in a good position this weekend to hopefully grab another win and move up the ladder.

“There’s a really good vibe around the club, lots of fresh faces around and plenty of excitement. Hopefully we can push for finals again.”

Melville’s Round 8 match against Midland-Guildford continues on Saturday at 11.40am at Tompkins Park.