MOORFIELD still hold the third and final promotion spot in the Merseyside & Southport Alliance Division Two and stretched further ahead of fourth-placed Old Xaverians.

They beat Haydock by eight wickets at Moorfield Road after John Eccleshall, again deputising for the suspended Ste Dean, had put the opposition into bat in overcast conditions..

Moorfield ripped through the visitors, who at one stage were 10-5.

Nine of Haydock's batters failed to make double figures as young quickie Mattie Carder took 6-19 off seven overs.

Mark Greason (2-27) and young prospect Adam Prendergast (2-21) supported as Haydock were dismissed for 70 off 26 overs.

It was too early for tea and Moorfield's openers went straight out.

Gaz Hatton (16) and Mark Brick (20) ensured steady progress before Eccleshall (25no) and Mike Harrison finished the job at 73-2 off 15.

Moorfield, who took 20pts to Haydock's one, visit Whitefield on Saturday.

* An eighth defeat on the bounce kept Runcorn in the Meller Braggins Division One danger zone.

Runcorn (seven points) could muster only 137ao in reply to hosts Weaverham's 163ao (24pts).

Electing to field, the visitors had early success as Jamie Hill took two wickets in three balls of his first over.

However, from 8-2, opener Jamie Allen (41) and Dave Holden (17) took the score onto 55-3.

Steve Robertson (43) and Jon Lightfoot (22) took over.

Jack Weston claimed 4-31 while Steven Sheakey had 3-61.

Runcorn reached 26-0 but this became 28-4 in the 15th over.

Steve Ollerenshaw (22) and Steven Sheakey (33) rallied them to 88-5, but they subsided with Rojish Rocky (24) last man out.