She tributes her love for cricket to her family, and has expressed how grateful she is that cricket has drawn her and her dad (Allan Bolton) together as they travelled the world, bonding over their shared love of the game.

Starting her professional career at 15 years, Nicole went on to debut at the WACA Ground when she was 16, and built up over 100 runs in her first season.

Christina Matthews WA Cricket CEO says Bolton was identified early on as a very determined player and someone who pushed herself, becoming the first Australian woman to ever score a 100 on debut at international level.

Bolton kept pushing herself to her limits and taught herself how to throw a spin bowl right-handed, despite being a left-handed batter, which placed her as one of the team’s frontline bowlers.

As time has gone on, Nicole has recently developed things outside of cricket and her priorities have been shifting.

She believes that everything she does should be given 110%, and unfortunately, she no longer believes that she can offer that to her cricket-playing career.

However, she still says that she will always love cricket, and after her final game at the WACA Ground, she walked away a proud WA cricketer, having fulfilled that lifelong dream forged in the backyard.

But, as one chapter of her life draws to a close, another begins and we wish her the best of luck in her new career, and hope that she is happy whether she’s on or off the cricket pitch.

“That’s the thing about sport, it’s not all about the game, it’s about the people that you meet and the friendships that you make,” Bolton said.

“To be able to walk away now, as a premiership player, there’s no better feeling.”

“It’s been a journey that I’ve been able to go on with my dad, and it’s something that connects us and bonds us together and it’s been really special to be able to have him with me throughout my whole career.”