John Davison relaxed after his remarkable allround performance had helped Canada to a 104-run victory over USA in their Intercontinental Cup match at Fort Lauderdale and admitted that he should "probably should thank the ICC for giving this game first-class status".
Davison took 17 for 137 , the best first-class return since Jim Laker's 19 for 90 for England against Australia at Manchester in 1956. His also made 84 in Canada's first innings, the highest score of the match. The Intercontinental Cup is a new tournament introduced by the ICC to give international cricket's second-string sides first-class experience.
"To take so many wickets in any game of cricket is always terrific and it was a perfect wicket for spin bowling," Davison told the Australian-based Advertiser. "I think too that we handled the pressure of three-day cricket perhaps a bit better than the US."
Davison admitted that he had been laid low with a stomach bug in the hours before the game, and was vomiting shortly before the start. "Certainly the heat didn't help me too much," he told the newspaper. "I lost quite a bit of weight during the game."