AFTER earning promotion to the Merseyside & Southport Alliance's Division One for this season, Moorfield are just one step away from playing at a premier league level.
Many are tipping them to struggle without a professional at the club but they managed to get their season off to a winning start with victory over Merseyside Commonwealth.
Having won the toss, home captain Ste Dean had no hesitation in putting the opposition into bat on a green wicket.
With the new ball seaming around and batting conditions increasingly difficult, only Alleyne (33) and Afridi (30) managed respectable scores.
Moorfield's bowlers made the most of favourable conditions with Dean taking 6-34 and Kev Heywood a debut 3-15. Matthew Carder had toiled in the heat without any reward for his pace and accuracy but Commonwealth were eventually dismissed for 115 off 44 overs.
In reply, Moorfield openers Brick and Jones found runs hard to come by - scoring just ten off as many overs.
Brick was struck on the knee and temporarily retired hurt while Jones was dismissed shortly after.
Soon after Hatton, Abbott, Yearsley and Harrison were all dismissed but the return of Brick (49no), partnering Heywood (48) provided Moorfield with the impetus to chase down the target for the loss of five wickets. The hosts collected 20 points to their opponents' four.
Moorfield 2nd travelled to Liverpool to face Commonwealth on an indifferent track in the new reserves division.
Andy Paton elected to field. Moorfield, with seven U18s in their side, had Liam Drane to thank for his wonderful spell of 5-30 on debut.
This restricted Commonwealth to 154 all out. Stuart Lunt picked up two wickets with one apiece for Dean, Prendergast and Bamber.
Chasing such a score was never going to be easy and openers Morris and Tansey didn't really get going.
Batsmen fell at regular intervals but a well-made 44 from Mike Dean was ably supported by Dave Sefton (15) and Adam Prendergast (11no).
The innings closed with Moorfield just eight runs from victory with two wickets remaining.
Moorfield picked up 7 points to their opponents' 10.
This Saturday, the 1sts travel to Skelmersdale with the seconds at home to the same opposition (both 1.30pm).