Beaumont inspires England to victory
West Indies defeated in copy of hosts’ win before shutdown Opener hits fluent 62 to set base for commanding total
A lot can change in 202 days. So much so that it is easy to forget that it can also stay exactly the same. The same as it once was when England and West Indies last met, all those months ago. The latter occurred yesterday evening in Derby, as England comfortably defeated the tourists by 47 runs in a near-replay of their 46-run win during the T20 World Cup earlier this year.
Bolstered by a Tammy Beaumont innings of 62, truly 360 degrees in nature, England stuttered and stumbled a bit, before ultimately posting an imposing total of 163. It was not always easy, and when the hosts lost four wickets for just 19 runs towards the back of their innings, there was hope of a chase yet.
Because that is what Twenty20, over any other format, has the ability to do. It gives you hope when it has no right. When you pluck a Beaumont scoop running back over your right shoulder, even though she has already pummelled you for ten boundaries. When you snaffle Nat Sciver, averaging almost 70 in the World Cup, for single figures, even though the power-play has gone against you at eight runs an over. And even when, ten overs into your reply and with only 42 runs on the board, you still have that hope, because Deandra Dottin is still in and she once scored a century off 38 balls.
We should have known from the start. But as Shamilia Connell charged in for the first ball, the anticipation, the long wait all behind us, that hope shone brightly. And then the ball careered towards first slip. Wide, and it did not get much better.
Danni Wyatt looked in form. Operating solely in the traditional ‘v’, she is a batter who is best at her