Hussain shows his class with the ball
SKIPPER Ali Raja continued his dominant batting displays and Murti Hussain hit top form to take a match-winning 8-32 as Old Whitgiftians cruised to victory.
Brook won the toss and decided to bowl first on a soft wicket still recovering from midweek rain and Whitgiftians found the going tough with Rob Procter and new signing Luc Durandt giving little away.
Jon Morey and Matt Stiddard both fell early with Whitgiftians 16-2 in the ninth. However, both Tom Woodrow and the skipper dug in and battled through the next 15 overs which produced just 20 runs before Woodrow holed out in frustration off Alex Manley for 15. Ahmad Raja joined his brother and these two added 35 before he was caught behind off Durandt for 11 leaving Whitgiftians at 71-4 from 31 overs.
Brook had raced through the overs with 39 bowled before lunch which was taken at 100-4 with Ali Raja and Murti Hussain building the platform for an assault after the break.
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This strategy was disrupted when Hussain needlessly ran himself out for 26 but Raja moved to an excellent hard-fought 50 before becoming Durandt's third victim, bowled for 54 with Whitgiftians now 122-6 in the 49th.
Rory Caines (17) and Luke Fisher (14) both contributed well in hoisting the final score to 158 from 59.1 overs as Durandt finished with 5-45 from 20 overs.
Brook were to receive a minimum of 67 overs in reply thanks to their fast over rate as Olly Durrell and Harry Hooper compiled 28 before the former was brilliantly stumped by Stiddard for 13 to become the first of Hussain's eight victims.
The Brook batsmen found the going had got no easier and with Hussain bowling a combination of prodigiously turning off breaks.
Hooper fell lbw for 12 and when Durandt tried to launch Jon Morey and was taken at backward point, Brook were on the back foot at 40-3 from 22 overs.
Skipper Harry Schofield played well and made a very gutsy 58 but no other visiting batsman made double figures as Hussain, with four men round the bat, seemed almost unplayable and the innings subsided to 106 all out.
Hussain returned his best figures for Whitgiftians in three years of 8-32.