MOORFIELD batsman Neil Maher was thinking positive but visiting Croston were negative to say the least as the Widnes side were held to a tie on Saturday.
This was despite Mark Greason taking a hat-trick for the hosts in the Merseyside & Southport Alliance Division Two.
Maher had Croston's fielders running all over as he hit shots all around the wicket in a gripping innings of 87.
But Croston's intentions had been clear from the start after being put in by Moorfield skipper John Eccleshall.
Their batsmen went at snail's pace - the priority being to avoid defeat - and at 45 overs they were only 101 runs to the good.
Moorfield went on the offensive from the outset with Rob Magee claiming two quick wickets and Mark Greason's hat-trick victims all being bowled.
Tea came at 4.45pm with Moorfield fully expecting Croston to declare. Instead, the away side continued their vigil at the crease.
They eventually declared on 190-9 after 63 overs, leaving Moorfield 29 overs to chase 191.
Opener Iain Maher fell quickly but fellow opener Craig Baxter knocked a fine 24 after being joined by the man-of-the-match.
When Baxter fell, Neil Maher was joined by the league's leading run-maker Wayne Lamey, who smashed a quickfire 36.
The chase was going well but on Lamey's dimissal, Eccleshall followed him back to the pavilion without scoring, trapped lbw.
Neil Maher continued his onslaught, assisted by Danny Naughton (21).
With the issue becoming ever tighter, wickets began to fall with Moorfield suffering four runouts.
In the last over, Moorfield wanted seven runs for what would have been an unbelievable win.
Off the last ball, keeper Mark Brick and Ste Dean needed two runs.
Brick connected and the pair set off to secure the single which squared the contest. But Ste was run out in a suicidal, if understandable, effort to get a decisive second.
Moorfield secured eight points to see them five points clear at the top.
Croston secured four points to remain near the bottom. Moorfield 2nd fared much the same at Ainsdale CC. They scored an impressive 223-7 dec in 50 overs with Graham Abbott making 66 runs.
He was supported by Dave Sefton (36), Danny Paton (37) and skipper Tony Harrison (35no).
Ainsdale shut up shop at 92-7, Moorfield taking 11 points and Ainsdale four.
Moorfield 3rd faced Wistaston for a second time in eight days at Moorfield Road.
The visitors, electing to bat, made 146-8 in 40 overs (leg spinner Neil Baxter 2-20 off eight overs) and Danny Paton took a stunning one-handed slip catch.
Ste Dean (30) and Gaz Jones (32) gave the hosts a great start, before Danny Paton (38no) and Danny Magee (34no) helped Moorfield cruise to victory at 147-2 (26 overs).
Nets continue tonight, 5.30pm.