October 27, 2002

Canadians down under

Several members of the Canadian national squad played cricket in the southern hemisphere this winter in preparation for the World Cup.

April: Ian Billcliff concluded the New Zealand by helping Cornwall to 3rd place in the National Club Championship. He played played 2 matches making 41(28) v Green Island from Otago in the last round robin match win (and 1-11 off 3), and 3(15) in their 3rd/4th playoff match win. [Scorecards]

Portrait of John Davison
John Davison

John Davison, who previously represented Victoria has switched states to South Australia (and is also representing Glenelg in A grade). He commanded a regular place in the state side, and had a good season.

John Davison - season summary:

12 October: Southern Districts (Adelaide) v Glenelg. John bowls 19 overs for just 28 runs, taking 3 wickets in the opening A grade match for the season. [Scorecard]

15-18 October: South Australia took on John's former state in the opening 4-day Pura Cup match. John failed with the bat, making a duck, but after taking 1/7 off 5 overs in the first innings, spun his side to a satisfying 208 run victory with the excellent figures of 32-3-107-4. Scorecard | Report]

19 October: Victoria exacted revenge with an 8 wicket victory in the one day Ing Cup match, but John took both wickets to fall and returned excellent figures of 8-1-36-2. [Scorecard]

25-28 October: South Australia lost by an innings to New South Wales, but John recorded a first-class best with an unbeaten 72 from 56 balls, batting at 9 in the first innings. He took two expensive wickets in the NSW innings, and made just 2 when South Australia followed on. [Scorecard]

2 November: John took 2 wickets and made 17 in A grade as Glenelg lose heavily [Scorecard].

8-11 November: John returned to the South Australia team as they drew with Western Australia in the Pura Cup. He bowled just 15 overs without taking a wicket but after run out for a duck in the first innings makes a useful 30 after coming in as night watchman [Scorecard].

14-17 November: South Australia defeated a powerful NSW side in the Pura Cup. John did well with the bat, making 22 (as night-watchman), and 14 (hitting Brett Lee for 2 fours). In the NSW 1st innings John acheived a career best 5/81, dismissing both Michael Bevan and Mark Waugh, in both cases with the first ball he bowled to them. In a tense 2nd innings, he took the crucial wickets of Slater and Mark Waugh (for a duck). [Scorecard].

22-25 November: Both John and South Australia struggle in the return fixture with Victoria. John fared reasonably well with the bat, making 18 and 13, but takes 0/114 as Victoria win by an innings. [Scorecard].

7-8 December: Playing for Glenelg against Adelaide University, John returned the excelent figures of 4-2-5-2 in the first innings, and took 6/88 in the second. He was less successful with the bat, making 1 and 10 as Glenelg lost to the students . [Scorecard].

14 December: John made 69 for Glenelg, and takes 1/48 against East Torrens [Scorecard].

19-22 December: South Australia suffer a heavy defeat to Western Australia in the Pura Cup. John made an unbeaten 32, scoring his runs out of 35 added for the last three wickets. He took 3/131 as WA made 520/89 and recorded a duck as his side went down to an innings defeat [Scorecard]

4,5 January: John's good form continues as he makes 46 and takes 4/94 leading Glenelg to a 1st innings win over Prospect [Scorecard].

11 January: An unbeaten half century and a wicket from John, as Glenelg play Port Adelaide [Scorecard].

After his triumphant World Cup performance John returned to assist Glenelg in their semi-final victory, and played in the final which they lost [Semi Scorecard | [ Final Scorecard].

Ian Billcliff represented Cornwall in Auckland club cricket, and so far this season has performed as follows:

  • 30 Nov: 31 opening the batting as Cornwall (251/5) beat Parnell to earn a place in the Auckland club one-day final.
  • 22-23 Nov: 26 and 11 in a 2-day club match
  • 2 Nov: 97 v ?
  • 26 Oct - 32 v Parnell (5 wicket loss)
  • 19 Oct - 66 v Howick Pakuranga (67 run win)
  • 5 Oct - 5 v Suburbs New Lynn (7 wicket loss)

    Ashish Bagai and Zubin Surkari played 2nd grade cricket for Glenelg in Adelaide, South Australia. The Glenelg club has produced 9 Australian Test players including the Chappell brothers.