Over the years, cricket World Cups have witnessed surprises.  It’s always heartening to see the minnows taking on the big players and triumphing. This wasn’t exactly a triumph but certainly a moral one.

Canada were up against West Indies and no one expected much from the side which got bowled out for 36 in their previous encounter against Sri Lanka at Paarl.

Choosing to bowl first, West Indies were unpleasantly surprised. John Davison, who was more known for his off-spin bowling opened the innings with Ishwar Maraj.

Davison, who played considerable amount of domestic cricket in Australia, from the fourth over began his wrath on the West Indies bowlers. He started off in style by cutting Pedro Collins over point for his first boundary. The next got vanished for a six. And that paved the way for further carnage.

Davison unleashed! In the next over, he took Mervyn Dillon to cleaners as he smashed him for three consecutive boundaries. The spectators were shocked and moreover the West Indies side looked in complete disarray. Change in bowling also didn’t help for West Indies as in no time, Canada had cruised to 102 for one, and Davison had amassed 78 of those runs in 13 overs.

He involved in two decent partnerships, first with Ishwar Maraj and then Desmond Chumney. None of the seamers- Collins, Dillon and Vasbert Drakes were spared and were given treatment equally.

Finally came the dream come true moment for the Canadian as he reached to his century off just 67 balls with a scrumptious hit over the long-on fence. This also marked the fastest century in the ICC Cricket World Cup at that time.

He smacked eight fours and six sixes in his knock off 111 runs from 76 balls before getting out to Dillon. Davison was dismissed with a spectacular catch by Drakes in the long-on.

The Canadian was also blessed with sheer luck. The ball seemed to have a mind of its own that obeyed the Canadian. The Caribbeans dropped two catches and a ball hit the stumps but refused to dislodge the bails.

Canada was still bowled out for 202 with the lion’s share from the history maker. West Indies, whose ego was seriously hurt chased down the total in 20.3 overs, after Wavell Hinds scored a 64 from 31 balls and Brian Lara belted a 73 from 40. The fans at Centurion got what they actually came for and that was entertainment from both the sides!