Trent Bridge was bathing in early evening sunshine for the Outlaws’ first home fixture of the 2010 campaign.

Having demolished Worcestershire Royals the previous evening the Outlaws made only one change with Ryan Sidebottom, recently selected for England’s one day squad, being replaced by Darren Pattinson.

Sidebottom suffered a slight thigh strain in the final over against the Royals and was rested by Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

Derbyshire, who were third in the Northern section prior to this game, won the toss and elected to bat first on what appeared to be a very good Trent Bridge wicket.

Opening batsmen Wes Durston, who signed a t20 contract with Derbyshire after impressing for the Unicorns, blazed his way to 111 from 59 balls.

The former Somerset all rounder’s innings included eleven fours and seven sixes and set the Falcons on their way to an impressive 192.

He was ably assisted at the top of the order by Loots Bosman, 39, and Chesney Hughes, 15, putting on 147 in 14 overs.

The Outlaws did manage to rein Derbyshire in towards the end of the innings with Nannes and Pattinson bowling particularly well to restrict the visitors to just 45 from the final six overs.

Alex Hales and Ali Brown provided the Outlaws with the start they required taking Steffan Jones for 20 from the first over. 

Hales was in a particularly belligerent mood, following his man of the match performance the previous evening, timing the ball beautifully to score the fifth fastest half century in t20 history from just 16 balls.

The former MCC Young Cricketer was eventually bowled by Peterson, for 69 from 25 balls, with the score on 100.

The introduction of spin following the power play overs slowed the scoring rate and saw loss of both openers with Brown, 32, hitting a flat catch to long on.

But Samit Patel came to the crease and dominated the spinners from the outset using his feet to drive Peterson and Smith over extra cover on regular occasion.

The Outlaws all rounder saw his side home with three overs to spare scoring a beautifully crafted 62 from 28 balls.

The win makes it two from two for the Outlaws with the return fixture against The Royals this Sunday afternoon at Trent Bridge.

The in-form Hales is delighted with his start to the t20 campaign, he said: “Tonight was definitely the highlight of my season so far.

“We have had a fantastic start to the t20 competition, we are playing confident cricket and really believe we have a chance to win some silverware.”