A STRONG second-innings helped Bury’s junior inter-league side to a 19-run victory at home to Bolton.

The Bolton fielders made a decent start at Bury Sports Club last Friday, dismissing two batters on the first round.

But Charlotte McKenzie scored a three and Keisha Tomlinson a rounder as the team settled and the remaining batters went round four times without further loss, with Natasha Smith scoring Bury’s second rounder of the innings.

They finished on 99, with Megan Olphert on 12 and last batter Jasmine Harris making 11.

Bolton's first six batters scored heavily, with three threes, a two, a one and a rounder, but by the seventh round they were reduced to just two. However, Mollie Kenyon-Kellett and Helen Lewarne stuck in, scoring two rounders each before Kenyon-Kellett hit out for 26 and Lewarne denned for 23 to take Bolton to 101 and a narrow lead.

Bury made the perfect start to the second innings as Olphert opened with a rounder, followed by Lauren Bond and McKenzie, who scored another rounder at the end of her innings.

Only one Bury batter fell at the first hurdle and the home side made steady progress. McKenzie, with her two rounders, was top scorer with 21 while Olphert (17), Joanne Warburton (14) and Shauna Goodwin (13) all achieved double figures as Bury added 115.

Eilish Parkinson and Georgia Lever scored rounders first-time round for Bolton, but Lever was dismissed at first base before adding to her score. Parkinson was top scorer with 17 and substitute Emma Oakden was last batter with 15. Kenyon-Kellett also reached double figures with 12, but Bolton’s second innings total of 94 was not enough and the Bury girls won by 214-195.

The intermediate teams meet at Bury Sports Club on Friday.