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Lancashire Thunder sign Nicole Bolton for Kia Super League

Lancashire Thunder sign Nicole Bolton for Kia Super League

Bolton becomes third overseas signing

Lancashire Thunder is delighted to announce the signing of Nicole Bolton as an overseas player for this year’s Kia Super League (KSL), linking up with former Australia teammate and new Head Coach, Alex Blackwell.

Perth-born Bolton has represented Australia 48 times across all three formats and was part of the Perth Scorchers side that finished runners-up in the 2017/18 Women’s Big Bash League, defeating Blackwell’s Sydney Thunder in the semi-final. 

The opener played a pivotal role in helping the Scorchers reach the final and finished as the competition’s third highest scorer with 482 runs, including three half centuries, and also taking eight wickets with her right-arm off spin. 

The 29-year-old is a two time Ashes winner and burst onto the international scene in 2014, scoring 124 against England on her Australia debut. 

Lancashire Thunder’s Head Coach, Alex Blackwell, said, “Securing Nicole as one of our three overseas signings is a huge plus.

“She was an outstanding performer during Perth Scorchers run to the final of the Women’s Big Bash League and I am confident that she will thrive at her new home Emirates Old Trafford, for what will be her first stint in the Kia Super League.

“As a former Australia teammate of Nicole’s, I understand how she operates in a team and I have witnessed her game evolve to become a world class performer across all three formats. To work with Nicole this time in a coaching capacity will be very enjoyable and I know she has a lot to offer our team.”

Nicole Bolton, added, “This will be my first time playing in the Kia Super League and I can’t wait to get going with all of my teammates. 

“We have a lot of international talent here at Lancashire Thunder and although last season was a frustrating one for the squad, I am confident that we have the ability to challenge this time around.

“I am looking forward to arriving in England, meeting all of my new teammates and playing at a top class stadium like Emirates Old Trafford for the first time.”

Bolton becomes Thunder's third overseas signing for the KSL, following India's IT20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and New Zealand international Amy Satterthwaite. 

Tickets are on sale for all of Lancashire Thunder’s home fixtures, which sees the side play twice at Emirates Old Trafford as part of a Vitality Blast double header, as well as at Liverpool CC, Southport and Birkdale CC and Blackpool CC. 

Tickets are available from £5 for adults and £1 for juniors and can be bought from http://cricket.lancashirecricket.co.uk/tickets/.

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