MOORFIELD 1st skipper John Eccle-shall elected to bat first in his team's tricky home fixture against South-port Trinity in their Merseyside and Southport Alliance match - but the gamble of saving his team from fielding in sweltering heat didn't quite pay off.
The home side were all out for 155 and the Southport visitors passed Moorfield's total with two overs to spare.
A disappointing start contributed to Moorfield's undoing. The dismissal of opener Peter Donlan was followed by the departure of Craig Baxter and then the skipper himself.
Despite the loss of early wickets, Moorfield took on the challenge and Ian Maher, who finished with 40, Brian Tobin, with 37, and Tony Harrison (26) were instrumental in compiling a reasonably respectable total.
Chris Maxwell, with 5-40, was Southport's most successful bowler.
There was an exciting finish to Moorfield seconds' match against Mossley Hill, but again it was the Widnes side's opponents who triumphed in the end, scraping home with just four balls to spare.
Batting-wise, Moorfield fared reasonably well. Opener Tom Sellick top-scored with 57 and Dave Sefton knocked up an unbeaten 53. Others also chipped in, notably Mally Buck who added an excellent 28 in putting together a good partnership with Dave Sefton. Moorfield finished with a total of 218.
Mossley Hill, however, quickly put on runs and by the time their first wicket fell, they had already scored
145. Moorfield replied by taking six wickets but couldn't prevent the Liverpudlians going on to win with four balls to spare.
Les Atherton (2-32) and Karl Fitzgerald (3-47) were the pick of Moorfield's bowlers.
Mark Tansey, Moorfield's Under 13s captain, was outstanding, helping Moorfield take 10 points from the match with Mossley Hill amassing 20.
Moorfield's 3rd team fared much better at Wistaston on Sunday. Their total of 194 included a score of 62 from Rob Magee and 30 from Mike Dean. Thirty-eight runs came from extras.
Moorfield dropped four catches in the first seven overs but the bowlers did their job. Rob Magee captured two wickets for 26 runs and Rachel Tansey three for 13. The home side were all out for 139, giving Moorfield a 55-run victory.
* This weekend, Moorfield 1st are away to Wavertree while the seconds welcome Ainsdale to Moorfield Road on Saturday.