DESPITE Neil Maher taking two wickets in the first over, Moorfield's bowlers were unable to defend a low total at Burscough as their promotion prospects in Merseyside and Southport Alliance Division One were hit.
Moorfield lost by seven wickets after setting the Lancastrians 121 for victory.
Despite missing both regular openers, Moorfield had enjoyed a decent start, reaching 20 without loss.
But the fall of Jones, Maher and Eccleshall in quick succession caused a collapse.
Ste Dean (29) and Rob Magee (25) top-scored as Moorfield were dismissed for 120, with Mike Dean undefeated on 14.
Maher opened the bowling with early success but Burscough coasted to their target.
In the 2nd XI clash at Moorfield Road, a calamitous display with the bat cost the hosts a likely victory.
Electing to bat, the visitors could not handle Matty Carder (4-26) and Kev Coogan (2-42).
Dave Brick chipped in with two wickets, with Graham Abbott and Stuart Lunt picking up one apiece as Burscough were dismissed for 135.
Moorfield then produced their worst batting of the year, collapsing to 73 all out.
A knock of 23 from captain Andy Paton and scores in the teens from Abbott and Aspey were all Moorfield had to cheer about.
Both teams remain in fifth positions in their respective divisions but have fallen slightly further adrift of the promotion places.
This Saturday, Moorfield travel to Merseyside Commonwealth, with the seconds hosting the same opposition.
Both junior games were washed out on Sunday but Liam Loftus (50no) and Jordan Sumner (48) had put Moorfield U15s in a good position before the weather intervened.
The week was not without its successes, however.
Moorfield U11 are through to the semi-finals of the cup after overcoming Oakmere.
Batting first, all the Moorfield team contributed but the highlight was a 30-run partnership between Alex Mellor (18) and Alex Smith (10). Lewis Scott chipped in with 10 at the end to leave Moorfield with final total of 272.
They followed up with tight bowling, backed by excellent fielding and catching. Alex Williams' 2-4 included wickets with his first two balls.
Oakmere finished on 243 as Moorfield won by 29 runs to make a semi-final date with Warrington or Chester Boughton Hall.
When Moorfield U18s travelled to Ryland's on Wednesday, 16-year-old Adam Prendergast became the first player from that age group to score a century.
Batting first, Moorfield amassed 164-1 in 20 overs. Mark Tansey made 34no while Prendergast's show-stealing 105no included 10 fours and six sixes.
Ryland's reached just 63-6 in reply, with Matty Carder claiming 3-3 from four overs.