A frontline T20 quintet of Dan Christian, Alex Hales, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball and Harry Gurney made their return in the shortest form of the game as the Outlaws Second XI took on Derbyshire at Welbeck.

Christian and Fletcher immediately hit their stride in the first half of a double-header against Notts' local rivals, as they gained valuable white-ball practice time ahead of the Vitality Blast opener against Worcestershire Rapids at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

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The stage was set for the Outlaws skipper to make a significant contribution after Sol Budinger hit a scene-stealing half-century at the top of the order.

Budinger brutalised the Derbyshire attack as he blasted his way to 75, an innings that included three sixes.

When he was dismissed off the first ball of the eleventh over, he simply handed the reins over to the Australian, who smashed 48 runs from 35 balls.

Fletcher then gave the innings a final lift as his unbeaten 20-ball 33 helped Notts to an imposing 194-7.

In reply Derbyshire were bowled out for 132, Fletcher capping off a fine all-round display by taking 4-16 from his 4 overs.

The other wickets were shared around the bowling cartel with Christian and Ball taking two each, the latter bowling with real pace and aggression. 

Matt Carter and Gurney chipped in with a wicket each as Notts were victorious by 62 runs.

Hales made his 2019 T20 bow for the Outlaws as part of a more inexperienced XI in the second fixture of the day.

The opener made 12 before being dismissed by Mark Watt, as Notts were dismissed for 84 chasing Derbyshire's 187-9.


A Notts Outlaws squad brimming with international talent will commence their T20 Vitality Blast campaign against Worcestershire Rapids at Trent Bridge on Thursday 18 July, with adult tickets priced at £10. Secure your seats…