Tammy Beaumont was dwarfed by former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner at the post-match presentation, but it was another senior figure she looked up to during her game-winning cameo.
Having hit 29 not out from 23 balls to see England to a five-wicket win over New Zealand in the Women’s Twenty20 Tri-Series, Beaumont cited the example set by captain Charlotte Edwards.
Edwards, 33, used her experience so when Beaumont came to the crease, with 54 needed from nine overs, the 22-year-old could go for her shots in the knowledge her skipper was holding up an end.
The fourth-wicket pair added 41 in quick time and, after Edwards fell for 42, Beaumont ensured victory with five deliveries to spare in Barbados.
The youngster received her first match award from 6ft 8in Garner, part of the fearsome pace attack in the all-conquering Windies side of the 1980s. However, she lavished praise on her Kent team-mate.
“It’s something Charlotte’s done really well over the years. She’s not one of the best batters in the world for nothing,” Beaumont told ecb.co.uk.
“She really did get us off to a good start and I could just come in and express myself with her at the other end.”
Beaumont’s innings was her highest in T20 internationals and puts England level on points with West Indies, who also beat the White Ferns in their opening game and are the next opponents for Edwards’ team on Friday night.
“It felt great to get out there and put in a good performance to get the team over the line,” Beaumont added.
“We were under pressure, when I went in, a little. We needed a run a ball, so it was nice to get us over the line.”
Beaumont is enjoying her time in Bridgetown, whose Kensington Oval is hosting the Tri-Series.
“It’s great out here,” she enthused. “The weather’s lovely, the people have been really welcoming. It’s been really nice. Lets hope it continues.”