BIG efforts from batsman Neil Maher and tail-ender Mark Greason helped Moorfield out of trouble on Saturday in Merseyside & Southport Alliance Division One.

They were rewarded by a return to winning ways as skipper Ste Dean, with 8-23 off 12.5 overs, proceeded to rip through an inexperienced Sutton St Helens line-up.

Moorfield pocketed 23 points and remain in fifth place - close to the promotion places.

After being put into bat on a damp, bowler-friendly track, Moorfield subsided to 17-4 before Neil Maher (56) and Danny Magee (26) turned it around.

No10 Mark Greason bludgeoned 44 not out to take Moorfield to 150ao - this gave them something to bowl at and once again Liam Drane grabbed an early key wicket.

The second team, travelling to Sutton, maintained an unbeaten run dating back to week three.

Skipper Paton inserted a weak Sutton side and three-wicket Mathew Carder's pace was too hot for the top order with Kev Coogan picking up two on debut.

The second newcomer Mark Corbett stole the limelight with 5-28 in Sutton's 123.

Andy Paton (35) and Robbie Morris (45) overcame an early loss to get Moorfield to within touching distance.

Wickets then tumbled but Moorfield crawled home with seven wickets down. The seconds lie fifth and nine games without defeat means they are close to a promotion spot.

Moorfield's Sunday team carried on winning ways with a comfortable win against Kirkdale. Ste Buck made 49 and Joe Bamber 42.

This Saturday, Moorfield travel to Burscough with the seconds hosting opposition from the same Lancashire club.