World Cup Countdown: Canada’s John Davison flays West Indies with 67-ball century
In 2003, John Davison belted the then-fastest century in a World Cup. © Getty

In the build-up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, CricketCountry brings to you the most memorable moments and matches from the tournament over the years right from its first edition, way back in 1975. With 45 days to go, in our latest World Cup Countdown we rewind to the 2003 World Cup when Canada’s John Davison hammered a century off just 67 balls against the West Indies.

The 2003 World Cup was different in many ways. Canada were returning to the World Cup after 24 long years which meant that there were a total of 14 teams competing. Canada began the campaign by beating Bangladesh by 60 runs and emphatic start but their joy was short-lived and the side was rolled over for 36 against Sri Lanka.

Heading into the next game, against the West Indies, John Davison, an Australia-bred cricketers gave the 10000-odd spectators something to cherish by belting the then-fastest century, off just 67 balls. Opening the innings, Davison went on a rampage and tucked into a strong West Indies bowling line-up, one that comprised Mervyn Dillon, Pedro Collins and Vasbert Drakes. But all three of them were left clueless to the assault unleashed by Davison

For 98 minutes, Davison flayed the West Indies attack and flogged eight fours and six sixes. There were drops along the way, on 50 and 78, but never did Davison change his tempo: Dillon was removed from the attack after just four overs, Drakes lasted only two, captain Carl Hooper managed three, and the bowling was constantly shuffled in an attempt to curb Davison.

Davison s role in the partnerships he forged was extremely vital. From his stand of 96 for the first wicket, Ishwar Maraj made 16; in 59 for the second, Desmond Chumney s contribution was 19. When Davison fell at a team score of 156, he had made 111. Canada s batting capitulated and they were eventually bowled out for 202 with Drakes returning figures of 5 for 44 his maiden five-wicket haul.

West Indies made short work of the target and led by half-centuries from opener Wavell Hinds and Brain Lara, completed the chase in just 20.3 overs. Although West Indies were the winners, Davison s knock had ensured that Canada had their moment in the sun upon their return to the Cricket World Cup.