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

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Cricket - By Is­abelle West­bury at Derby

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

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