Leinster Bolts opened up the Emerging Interprovincial Series with a convincing 53-run win against Ireland Under 19s at Oak Hill.

JJ Garth struck the last two balls of the Bolts innings to the boundary to reach his half century, hitting eight fours in all as the hosts posted a challenging 181 for 5 in their 20 overs.

Balbriggan wicket-keeper Conor Fletcher had earlier made 43 from 33 balls (4 fours, 1 six), bit two wickets in three balls from YMCA spinner Jamie Forbes (2-26) had left the innings in the balance at 80 for 4 in the 13th over.

Sherzad bowling for Ireland Under 19s: Pic Rodney Smythe

Garth shared stands of 55 in 27 balls with Pembroke team mate Gavin Hoey - who won Man of the Match in his second appearance in the senior interpros yesterday - and 46 in 20 balls with Rory Anders.

Hoey cleared the ropes three times in his 28 from 14 balls, while Anders also hit two maximums in his unbeaten 22 from just nine balls.

The Irish youngsters never got to grips with the chase, losing talisman Nathan McGuire cheaply - again falling to spin - this time Amish Sidhu.

None of the under 19s was able to impose their presence against the Bolts attack, with Philippe Le Roux hitting the only six of their innings as he top scored with 38.

Andrew Tonge (28), skipper Tim Tector (15) and Luke Whelan (11*) the other players to reach double figures in a final total of 128 for 6.

For Bolts, Rory Anders claimed 2 for 10, while there was a wicket apiece for Sidhu, Cillian McDonnell, Cameron Shoebridge and Mikey O'Reilly.

Both sides are in action again tomorrow with Lightning Bolts playing Emerging Knights, who also face Munster Heat at North Kildare, while in the North West, the Emerging Warriors take on the U19s.

Lightning Bolts Vs Ireland U19s

Toss won by Lightning Bolts
Umpires A Seaver - S Wood
Scorers Andrew Mooney - Judy Cohen
Home Side Lightning Bolts
Comment Players 12-a-side: 11 batting , 11 fielding.
For Lightning Bolts C McDonnell dnb.
For Ireland U19s D Burke dnb.

Lightning Bolts 1st Innings 181/5 Closed (Overs 20)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
Jb Grassi   b M Tonge 9 5 12 0 1
C Fletcher+   b C Doak 43 44 33 4 1
F Tucker c M Humphreys b J Forbes 14 25 22 2 0
AR Frost c L Whelan b J Forbes 0 2 1 0 0
JJ Garth not out   52 61 31 8 0
G Hoey c M Tonge b D Burke 28 20 14 1 3
R Anders not out   22 31 9 1 2
MRS Thompson dnb            
Amish Sidhu dnb            
M O'Reilly dnb            
C Shoebridge dnb            
extras   (b0 lb7 w4 nb2) 13        
TOTAL   5 wickets for 181        
FOW
1-20(Jb Grassi) 2-61(F Tucker) 3-62(AR Frost) 4-80(C Fletcher) 5-135(G Hoey)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Sherzad 4 0 32 0 - -
M Humphreys 3 0 26 0 - 1
M Tonge 3 0 43 1 1 1
J Forbes 4 0 26 2 1 -
D Burke 2 0 18 1 1 -
C Doak 4 0 29 1 1 -

Ireland U19s 1st Innings 128/6 Closed (Overs 20)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
N McGuire   b Amish Sidhu 5 6 4 1 0
AT Tonge c R Anders b C Shoebridge 28 38 33 3 0
J Dickson c R Anders b M O'Reilly 1 9 5 0 0
TH Tector* c C Fletcher b R Anders 15 27 16 2 0
P le Roux not out   38 40 34 4 1
M Humphreys c MRS Thompson b R Anders 0 3 2 0 0
L Whelan+ c C Shoebridge b C McDonnell 11 25 21 0 0
C Doak not out   6 6 5 1 0
M Tonge dnb            
J Forbes dnb            
M Sherzad dnb            
extras   (b0 lb6 w18 nb0) 24        
TOTAL   6 wickets for 128        
FOW
1-9(N McGuire) 2-20(J Dickson) 3-60(AT Tonge) 4-68(TH Tector) 5-68(M Humphreys)
6-115(L Whelan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M O'Reilly 4 1 12 1 2 -
Amish Sidhu 3 0 21 1 1 -
G Hoey 3 0 25 0 - -
C Shoebridge 1 0 14 1 12 -
R Anders 3 0 10 2 2 -
MRS Thompson 2 0 8 0 - -
C McDonnell 2 0 15 1 - -
AR Frost 2 0 17 0 - -