Canada v Bermuda, Intercontinental Cup, King City, 2nd day August 14, 2006

Davison and Billcliff put Canada on top

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Canada 386 for 7 (Davison 165, Billcliff 126, Steede 4-75) lead Bermuda 334 (Tucker 71, Romaine 68, Mukuddem 56, Bhatti 4-91) by 52 runs

John Davison was one of two centurions who put Canada in a commanding position © Getty Images

John Davison and Ian Billcliff struck career-best centuries as Canada built a useful lead over Bermuda on the second day at King City. Davison hit a commanding 165 and was well supported by Ian Billcliff's 126 as the pair added 233 for the third wicket. Despite a fightback from Bermuda, Canada had reached a lead of 52 by the close.

Davison's century was his first in first-class cricket, which has included a career with South Australia, and ensured that Canada's early stutter to 53 for 2 didn't cause severe problems. He struck 23 fours and one six - a straight six of Dave Leverock - in his 175-ball innings, reminiscent of the thunderous strokeplay he brought to the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

Billcliff offered fine support with his second first-class ton and took a much more cautious route than Davison, facing 246 balls, before becoming one of four victims for Ryan Steede who was the pick of Bermuda's attack.

Steede finished the day with four wickets and without his efforts Bermuda would have struggled to stay in the contest. However, after pulling Canada back from 286 for 2 to 386 for 7 the lead is not yet out of sight. But Bermuda will have to clean up the tail and reproduce their first-innings effort for second time.