Women’s international cricket returned on Monday, September 21, 2020, with England 47-run and a 1-0 series lead over West Indies in the opening contest of the five-match Twenty20 series.
Beaumont struck 62 from 49 balls as England, despite a late-innings wobble, posted 163-8, with Windies pace bowler Shakera Selman taking a fine 3-26.
West Indies limped through their response, with Deandra Dottin’s 69 the only score of notes as the tourists struggled to keep up with the rate and England impressed in the field.
They finished their 20 overs on 116-6, with left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone taking 2-19 as England cruised to victory.
This was the first women’s match involving an International Cricket Council full member since the T20 World Cup final in March.
Then, 86,00 people crammed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Here, the cricket took place in a bio-secure bubble behind closed doors in Derby.
Despite the obvious differences, this was a solid performance from England and, in parts, West Indies.
Since that tournament, the novel coronavirus had ensured no international women’s cricket.
The second match of the tour is scheduled for tomorrow, with remaining clashes booked for September 26, 28, and 30.
All contests are to be staged in Derby, with strict biosecure arrangements in effect and without on-side spectators to minimise the risk of transmitting the virus.