He notched up 1,000 runs during his side’s epic round four one-day victory over Bayswater Morley last month.

The 23-year-old run-machine, who debuted in the 2011-12 season for Wanneroo, made the move to Scarborough this season, where he completed the milestone.

“It was a big achievement, 1,000 runs,” Johnston said.

“It’s a good one, that first real milestone, I guess. It’s not really something I thought about, but hopefully I can keep going and eventually reach 5,000 or 6,000 First Grade runs throughout my career.”

The first-year Gull had no idea he was close to reaching any sort of milestone, after taking a break from cricket for a number of years to enjoy another sporting passion of his in football.

“I had no idea I was close to the milestone,” he said.

“After playing state 19’s cricket, I had a few years away from the game and played a few games of footy for East Perth in the WAFL. I just wanted a break from cricket after a big couple of years with 17s and 19s and really, just wanted a bit of time away to rekindle my love for the game.

“Being out of cricket for a few years, you just kind of lose track of things like that, so it was never really in the forefront of my mind. I just try to score as many runs as I can each weekend.”

A shift in mindset is what Johnston attributes to his terrific start to the 2018-19 Premier Cricket season, with the aggressive top order batsman sitting second overall for runs scored with 298.

The highlight of his season so far is undoubtedly his magnificent unbeaten 127, which came in the round five win over Perth.

“I’d like to think I’m pretty aggressive,” he said.

“I back myself each week to play the shots I can play, so if the ball is there to be hit, then I’ll go for it. I think of myself as a smart batsman who can adapt to any situation no matter what number I come in at.

“My mental state has probably been the biggest reason I’ve scored as many runs as I have this year. I’ve been able to convert my starts into scores, whereas last season I would get a lot of starts, but not go on with it and I think the biggest reason I got my century last week was probably more down to my mental state, rather than any physical skill attribute.”

The rise of Johnston has also coincided with Scarborough’s journey up the ladder, with the Gulls currently nestled comfortably in the top four, after being considered easy beats in the 2017-18 season.

Johnston attributes the change in direction to head coach Wes Robinson, for creating a comfortable environment in which the players can thrive.

“I think the environment that Wes has created is something pretty special,” he said.

“We haven’t gone out and got new players, we’ve just got a lot of buy in from the squad. We want to compete hard against the opposition and get as many wins as we can, but the environment is the big one and it’s all down to Wes.

“We’re pretty positive moving forwards this season, hopefully we can have five or six wins before the Christmas break, in case something goes wrong, then at least we have got a strong base and can hopefully keep pushing for a finals birth.”

Scarborough’s Two-Day match against Melville continues on Saturday at 11:40am at Abbett Park.