The 26-year-old paceman took an astonishing 8-77 and clocked up 200 career wickets, on his way to becoming the competition’s leading wicket taker for the season with 22.

“It was pretty cool, to reach the milestone,” Nicholas said.

“I didn’t really know how close I was to 200 until a couple games prior, when one of the guys looked at the stats and said I was getting close.

“I kept my eye on it for a while and it was nice to get up there, it will be cool to get my name put up at the club when I finish my career. I wasn’t aware I was leading the competition for wickets, but it’s always a positive thing, I guess. I had a good preseason, worked hard on my bowling and it’s nice to get that personal reward, so hopefully I can keep going and take a few more this week," he said.

After making his First Grade debut in the 2009-10 season, Nicholas quickly became a mainstay of Perth’s bowling attack and regularly featured amongst the wicket takers.

Highlighting his ability to turn a match upside down in the blink of an eye, Nicholas has already taken an eight-wicket haul once before to go with an incredible 10-wicket match back in the 2014-15 season.

“It was pretty cool, to take the eight wickets,” he said.

“We needed a win, we had a few losses going into that game, but it was good to get the win and a pretty cool achievement to get amongst the wickets.

“During the game, everyone came around in the huddle and congratulated me on the milestone."

It’s no coincidence that Perth’s form has mirrored that of Nicholas’s form this season, with the Demons currently sitting fourth on the ladder with four wins and two losses.

After being a mainstay in the finals series for the past three seasons, Nicholas believes his side finally has what it takes to go all the way.

“I think we’re going really well,” he said.
“I think we’ve got about five batsmen in the top 10 run scorers, so we’ve got pretty good depth there.

“We’re probably just a bit wayward with the ball sometimes. We can go for a few runs quite often, so if we can fix that up and go into Christmas with a few more good wins under our belt, it will set us up well.”

While his personal form is unquestioned, Nicholas just wants to taste the ultimate success with his teammates at the end of the season.

“I want to try to win a premiership for Perth,” he said.

“We have finished in the top three the last three years in a row and have been knocked out of the finals, so it’d be nice to play in a grand final and hopefully win one.”

Perth resumes it's Round 7 two-day match against Melville on Saturday, November 24 at 11:40am at Tompkins Park.