STE Dean pocketed a personal-best 7-24 first-team haul to see Moorfield 1st to a convincing victory over Cheshire Lines in their Merseyside/Southport Cricket Alliance season opener at Garston on Saturday.

Moorfield were put in on a slow, low and very damp track.

Opener Brian Tobin (13 runs) started steadily but when the score reached 20, three quick wickets fell.

Enter Wayne Lamey who was returning after an 18-month lay-off through a knee injury.

He played himself in but then set proceedings alight, joined by skipper John Eccleshall who helped himself to three consecutive sixes.

When the captain fell lbw on 25 - off 28 balls - Iain Maher soon got into the swing of things.

However, he too was out for 25 - mistimed one and lobbing straight to cover.

Lamey was next to go for an excellent 68 off only 60 balls, top edging to the keeper attempting another big shot.

Rob Yearsley (20no) and Rob Magee (17no) enabled a declaration at 186-6 off 38 overs.

After tea, opening bowlers Dean and Rob Magee set about the uncomfortable-looking Cheshire Lines openers.

In a rain-affected innings, Lines could only manage 63 all out off 27 overs.

Dean was inspired while Magee chipped in 2-25 and Rob Yearsley 1-8.

Moorfield won by 123 runs for 24 points. But their 2nd XI didn't fare so well on a damp track at Moorfield Road.

Skipper Tony Harrison elected to bat against Wavertree CC and the hosts amassed 194-5 off their 50overs.OpenersLes Atherton(71)andTed Eustace (23) were supported by Tony Harrison (25), Alan Aspey (23no) and Danny Paton (19no).

It all went wrong due to poor bowling as Wavertree crashed their way to a victorious 195-5 (Dave Sefton 3-49). Wavertree 20 points, Moorfield 10.

Players are reminded nets are at 5.30pm on Thursdays with selection afterwards.

On Saturday, Moorfield 1st entertain Liverpool Manweb while the 2nd XI travel to Rainhill.