JOONDALUP leg spinner Ty Hopes is fast becoming a WA Premier Cricket legend after reaching 350 first-grade wickets off the back of his 13th career five-wicket haul earlier this month.
Hopes’ 5-16 against Bayswater-Morley two rounds ago led the Centurions to an unlikely outright win after the side lost the first innings.
The right-armer has been a consistent performer for a decade, averaging less than 27 with the ball for the past eight seasons, a remarkable achievement as a spin bowler.
Hopes grew up playing for Scarborough, making his debut in the first-grade side at just 17.
While he played in New South Wales for one year, he spent the majority of his career at the Gulls before transferring to Joondalup in 2013.
The 31-year-old credits both luck and some talented players around him as the main reasons behind his success.
“Good bowlers at the other end like Danny McLauchlan and Justin Coetzee, who both played for Western Australia; it’s always nice to have those sort of guys so that I can attack from my end.
“I always work at my game and try to bowl new types of deliveries.
“The main part of my game that I pride myself on is my accuracy; that’s how I have built lots of pressure and been lucky enough to take a few wickets.”
The former WA Under-19s player considered winning the coveted Olly Cooley Medal as the league’s best player in 2011-12 as his greatest personal achievement.
But he believed last year’s one- day and first-grade championships with Joondalup were the ultimate highlight.
Centurions coach Ric Olsen said having Hopes at the club was beneficial both on and off the cricket field.
“Having an experienced cricketer such as Ty, with such a work ethic, it just rubs off on the younger cricketers at the club,” he said.
Last season Hopes took a career- high 49 wickets, finishing second on the competition wicket-takers list.