The knock came with his side’s eight-wicket win over Scarborough in Round 10 of the Alcohol. Think Again Premier Cricket competition.
The 23-year-old, who is originally from a country town half an hour outside of Byron Bay, NSW, has already eclipsed his previous season’s 461 runs after just 10 matches, sitting comfortably on 490 at an average of 54.44.
“I came over to Perth when I was 17,” Moreton said.
“I played my first match at the back end of the 2011-12 season after moving over from the East Coast at the end of Year 12.
“I really wanted to pursue cricket but I couldn’t do that from a country town, so I moved to Perth rather than Brisbane as our family friend Stan Gilchrist (Adam Gilchrist’s father) helped organise me to come to Perth.”
From his own admission, Moreton has come a long way in the last two seasons, citing a change in mindset as the catalyst for his unbelievably consistent form.
“I feel like my game has improved in the last two years,” he said.
“I’ve really worked hard on changing my mindset and not worrying about the results, focussing more on the process.
“The big thing for me is trying to improve my game and not worry about the external factors, so treating a century and a duck the same and just learning from it.”
Although Moreton has been undoubtedly ultra-consistent in the 2017-18 season, he was completely unaware that he had become the leading run-scorer in the competition.
“I actually had no idea until Monday morning,” he said.
“It’s obviously a great feeling, but it’s something I really haven’t thought too much about. I feel like I’ve had a relatively consistent season.
“A lot of batsmen over-analyse things so I try to keep it as simple as I can by looking to score as opposed to trying to survive and really trying to watch the ball and not worry too much about my technique.”
Although Perth are sitting eighth on the ladder and three points away from sixth spot, Moreton believes his side is capable of pushing deep into the finals.
“I think we’ve been going really well and we have a really good balance in our team at the moment,” he said.
“As a bowling group, we’re really starting to perform the way we can but in terms of our batting, we’ve been solid without being ruthless.
“For us to go a long way in the finals, we need to be ruthless and put teams to the sword, but all in all, I think we’re having a good season and we’re not far away from a winning streak to push us into the finals.”
While finals are possibly on the cards for Perth, Moreton is just looking to continue his good form with the bat and contribute as much as possible.
“I’m just looking to continue to perform and contribute with the bat,” he said.
“I’ll continue to improve my game and mental development, which has been the biggest change in my game.”
Perth’s next match is Saturday January 13 against University at James Oval at 11am.