Veteran left-arm spinner Derick Bishop became the first bowler in 22 years to take all ten wickets in an innings in the top BCA league Championship as he spurred front-runners Brathwaite Construction/Crane Resort St Catherine to a commanding 160-run win over Elite division title holders ICBL Empire yesterday.
Bishop’s Bayfield ground turned into a scene of wild celebrations after he grabbed ten for 24 off 16.4 consecutive overs for a match haul of 13 for 91 off 40.4 overs to become the first bowler for the season to record 50 wickets, pushing his tally to 53 at 11.88 runs apiece.
It is the tenth time in 15 successive seasons at this level that the 31-year-old Bishop has captured over 50 wickets.
In the previous series, Bishop had a match haul of 15 for 141 including nine for 59 in the second innings against ESA Field Pickwick, also at Bayfield. It was the first time he had taken nine wickets in an innings.
Kenrick Marshall, the outstanding, former Police fast bowling all-rounder, was the previous bowler to snatch all ten wickets in an innings in 1993 against Combined Schools North at St. James Secondary.
Inclement weather, which delayed the start of play by 75 minutes and then sliced a further 80 minutes after tea, would have provided a challenge for the bearded, diminutive Bishop. But he bemused the batsmen with flight and guile from the Neville Mason end at the north.
The effect was that Empire, set 223 to win, initially in 57 overs, crashed for 62 in 33.4 overs to suffer a third straight defeat, which is unprecedented for a Bank Hall team in the last three-and-a-half decades.
Bishop has strangely been ignored by Barbados’ selectors over the years and has never played a first-class match despite his outstanding domestic record. His two Twenty20s in 2008 have been the only occasions he has been called up for national duty.