Record-breaker Davison stuns Windies, Canada scores 202

Published: Sunday, February 23, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Centurion: Canada's John Davison hit the fastest ever World Cup century as his side made 202 all out against the West Indies in its Group B match on Sunday.

Opener Davison, better known as a South Australia off-spinner, faced just 67 balls for his hundred which included seven fours and six sixes. His innings broke the 20- year-old World Cup record set by India great Kapil Dev, who needed just 72 balls for his century against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells, England, in 1983. Davison's hundred, the first by a Canadian in a One-day International, was also the joint fifth fastest in Limited Overs history.

He hit six sixes and eight fours in his 76-ball innings before he was eventually out for 111, brilliantly caught by Vasbert Drakes off Wavell Hinds. Canada's total was its best in One-day International cricket, coming just days after its world record low score of 36 against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Davison's innings was all the more remarkable as his previous best at this level was 31 made against Kenya in Cape Town in Canada's second match of the tournament on February 15.

Opening bowlers Merv Dillon and Pedro Collins pitched too short at the batsman who responded with a flurry of boundaries. Fortune smiled on him. On 71 he played a Collins delivery onto his stumps but the ball failed to dislodge a bail. Then, five runs later he hit a drive against West Indian captain Carl Hooper's off spin which went through Dillon's hands at mid-off. But Davison was unconcerned, reaching three figures with a huge six over long-on against Dillon before he eventually fell to a dramatic, running catch by Drakes at long-on.

Earlier opener Ishwar Maraj (16) helped Davison put on 94 - Canada's best partnership for any wicket at this level. Drakes eventually came back well, taking five for 44, as Canada lost its last eight wickets for just 56. Copyright AFP 2001

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