Chances are that even the most hardcore International cricket fan would only be able to name a handful of Canadian cricketers. Most likely, John Davison would be the first name that would come to mind.
JD put himself and Canadian Cricket on the map with this fantastic knock against the West Indies in the 2003 World Cup hosted in South Africa.
John Davison vs West Indies 2003 World Cup (South Africa)
He made 111 from 76 balls (Canada only scored 202 and were bowled out in 44 overs). [Scorecard] A fantastic personal achievement but also a great inspiration for his team mates and the next generation of Canadian Cricketers.
JD grew up playing Cricket in Australia but playing for Canada allowed him ‘opportunities that he wouldn’t be able to achieve in Australia, like opening the batting (in a WC match).’ He was one of the first professional cricketers to play for Canada and quickly let his team mates know that being happy being ‘part-time cricketers’ wasn’t good enough if they wanted to compete on the big stage.
This Friday night, May 10th 2013, the Toronto Cricket Club will be inducting him into their Wall of Fame. JD spent a few years at TCSCC later in his career as the club coach/playing professional. John Davison will be honoured as well as long-time TCSCC member Chris Chappel and former member Les Pereira.
There are still a few spots remaining but you’ll have to act fast to get a ticket to what should be a great event and a great opportunity to celebrate the career of Canada’s first cricket star. There will be plenty of Canadian Cricketers, including many that were inspired by Davison, or played with him over the the years. Please see the attached invitation and contact Sandy Becher of the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club if you would like to register for this event.
Cricket Activity Wall Of Fame Dinner flyer