Ben Wilcox hit a combined 110 runs as Notts Outlaws U18s defeated Derbyshire twice in a T20 double-header at the Copper Yard in Denby Village, the first of which took them to second in the ECB County T20 Group 1 Table.

Having lost the toss and been asked to bat in that first clash, Notts posted 175/7 as Wilcox top-scored with 79 off 40, before restricting the hosts to 147/8, with Freddie McCann claiming 4-29.

Travis Holland got the Outlaws' innings off to a swift start by blasting a 20-ball 41 to see them to 66/2 at the conclusion of the powerplay.

Following his dismissal, Wilcox found welcome support in Sam Seecharan's 20, before partnering Drew Sylvester to add 89 for the fifth wicket prior to his dismissal in the 17th over with the score 163/5.

Farhan Ahmed chipped in at the end with an unbeaten five to see the Outlaws to their eventual total, before McCann struck early and Ahmed then picked up two more in consecutive overs as Derbyshire moved to 77/3 after 11.

An unbroken three over stint steadied Derbyshire’s innings, but two wickets in the 15th over for McCan derailed the host’s progress, before the off-spinner repeated the feat in the 18th, seeing Notts home comfortably. 

Wilcox won the toss again in the second fixture - a friendly - and opted to field, a decision vindicated by Thomas Giles’ pair of wickets in the second over. 

Derbyshire batted their allocation to conclude 163/6, though, before a 15-ball 34 from McCan, and a half-century from Sam Seecharan helped Notts over the line with 16 balls to spare.

A 45-run partnership between Callum Hawkins and Nafis Shaikh had set something a platform for the Falcons, albeit when the former departed at the end of the ninth over, the home side were ticking along modestly on 59.

Some middle overs impetus from O’Shay Reddy (36) along with Shaikh - who finished with a 50-ball 66 - accelerated the Derbyshire innings, before the loss of three wickets in the final four overs. 

In response, McCan smashed 18 of the 19 runs scored in the second over to see Notts to a rapid start. 

A further 18 in the third over helped the Outlaws to a commendable 71/1 by the end of the powerplay; 91 required from the remaining 84 deliveries. 

It was a task carried out with relative ease despite the loss of Drew Sylvester and Travis Holland, as Seercharan finished unbeaten on 57 and Wilcox 31.


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