Wanderers extend lead in Geraldton women’s T20 cricket with 30-run win over Sportsmans as Bidwell shines

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Olivia Bidwell bats a ball away from her stumps.
Camera IconOlivia Bidwell bats a ball away from her stumps. Credit: Colin Sherman/Geraldton Guardian

Runaway competition leaders Wanderers were 30-run winners over their nearest rival in local women’s cricket on Sunday.

Wanderers dispatched Sportsmans in the Young Motors women’s T20 competition to go a huge 18 points clear on the ladder.

At GBSC4, Wanderers captain Linda Rose batted after she won the toss and her side made 3-106.

Olivia Bidwell (36 not out), a near certainty for women’s cricketer of the year, did well, and so did her younger sister, Charli (21).

Abby Green (17) was commendable, too.

Sportsmans replied with 7-76.

They were 3-9 before being revived by a 43-run stand between Jo Walker (29) and Michelle Steel (16).

Ashlyn Thompson (2-5) was best of the bowlers.

Chapman Valley-Northampton consigned a luckless Towns to defeat in a see-sawing finish at GBSC3.

Towns batted after Pam Micke won the toss, and her unbeaten 48 with a six and six fours took her team to 8-102.

Earlier, Ruth Vorster (16) was solid while Corinne Lynch helped Micke add 50 for the fifth wicket.

Kylie Bremner (3-4) was the best of the bowlers and though she did return, it was curious she had a spell after two overs when on a hat trick.

Chloe Phillips (1-9 off four overs) also shone and combined with Kate Clarkson to run out Shannon Stubbs.

CVN was off to a flyer in the chase, with Clarkson (37) and Charlene Miller (27) putting on 41 in five overs.

Towns reined in the scoring until with two overs left, CVN needed 17 to win and then eight off the last over.

That didn’t worry Bremner (24 not out), a big hitter who sealed the win with successive fours as CVN finished at 2-104.

Bremner is fifth in the cricketer of the year standings on the back of performances like this one.

Pam Micke is fourth but without captain Janelle Phillips, out following shoulder surgery this season, Towns will be unable to defend their flag.

Walker is third in the standings but the top two spots belong to the league leaders.

Gun Sam Biddiscombe is 141 points ahead of Walker, on 574 points and is the only potential challenger for her Wanderers teammate Bidwell.

Bidwell is 60 points clear on 634 and will likely go into the record books.

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