Olivia Bidwell takes Geraldton women’s cricketer award ahead of Wanderers teammate Sam Biddiscombe

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Olivia Bidwell and Sam Biddiscombe.
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In the tale of two young cricket guns, Olivia Bidwell has come out on top.

But for Bidwell and her cricketing mate Sam Biddiscombe, when one wins everybody wins.

The Wanderers all-rounder beat teammate and friend Sam Biddiscombe to win the women’s cricketer of the year award as the home-and-away season wrapped up on Sunday.

But while it’s nice to win, for Biddiscombe and Bidwell it’s all about chemistry on the field.

“I’m very honoured to win cricketer of the year, and I’m grateful for the support I’ve had, not only from Wanderers but from the wider cricket community,” Bidwell said.

“My focus is now on winning the final with my teammates on Sunday. We have come a long way together since the start of the women’s competition.”

Wanderers will play Sportsmans in the Young Motors Women’s Cricket League T20 final this Sunday.

Bidwell ended the regular season with 763 points, 55 ahead of Biddiscombe.

In a stunning campaign, they left the trailing pack far behind, with Towns ace Pam Micke a distant third on 500 points.

Cricket writer Victor Tanti said with career figures of 749 runs at 44.05 and 29 wickets at 10.68, the only way for Bidwell was up.

“She’s a very talented cricketer who will only get better,” Tanti said.

“Her career figures are very impressive and she doesn’t drop many catches.

“She’s a real all-rounder and she’s delivered for us at women’s country week as well.”

Sportsmans’ Jo Walker and Chapman Valley-Northampton’s Kylie Bremner made up the rest of the top five for the award.

Wanderers players made up four of the top 10, showing their dominance this season.

Wanderers beat Chapman Valley-Northampton by 132 runs at GBSC4 on Sunday in their final fixture.

It capped off a minor premiership that was already theirs long before the final round.

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