Cricket: Bishop's seven heaven

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Hampshire 158 and 182; Derbyshire 475-4 dec. Derbys win by innings and 135 runs

HAMPSHIRE were the pawns yesterday as Ian Bishop made his move here with a career-best 7 for 34, the proceedings wrapped up 30 minutes after lunch as Derbyshire swept to their fourth win of the season. In terms of embarrassment, Hampshire faces have not been quite so flushed against these rivals since they fell apart by an innings at Chesterfield in 1935.

It was Derbyshire's first win on Hampshire soil for 41 years and for those still wishing to see some action at the United Services Ground prior to the arrival of Glamorgan and Viv Richards this morning, they could while away some of the time watching, and fielding, as Robin Smith took a net out in the middle.

With under 300 first-class runs for Hampshire this season, Smith needs all the practice he can get, his 11 runs in the second innings a bitter disappointment on a day when his side were in need of a substantial contribution. As it was, there were a few other candidates for detention following another collapse for under 200.

Derbyshire, backed by Bishop, worked on taking out what they considered were the big three - Smith, Tony Middleton and the effects of the five and a half ton roller at Burnaby Road.

David Gower, apparently, they were not too worried about, even though he finished as top scorer in both innings. Gower went for his shots in a situation demanding graft. All the real shots, meanwhile, were being called by Bishop.

It seems extraordinary that the 6ft 5in West Indian has never taken more than six wickets in an innings. Now he redressed the balance. Paul Terry had already been taken out on Wednesday night, Hampshire resuming with a deficit of 236 and Gower poised for a second half-century on 47. In the event, Bishop's second ball of the morning did for the England left- hander: the familiar flash outside off-stump, Karl Krikken taking the catch.

When Smith was caught behind off Ole Mortensen, Hampshire were 95 for 3. Things went from bad to worse as Bishop removed Middleton for 30 and Kevan James and Malcolm Marshall for ducks, three wickets tumbling at 103 and the West Indian resting on figures of 4 for 12 from 28 balls.

The fact that Hampshire survived beyond lunch was because of Mark Nicholas and Bobby Parks, who helped raise 64 for the seventh wicket. Finally, though, Bishop removed Parks and Shaun Udal, Allan Warner completing the rout with the wickets of Nicholas, who made a fighting 41, and Kevin Shine.