World Cup minnows seek a moment in the sun

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 11, 2007 (AFP) – When Dwayne Leverock bowls to Sachin Tendulkar in the World Cup, it will be more than just a contest between a spinner carrying extra flab and a batsman having extra strokes. It will be moment to relish for the Bermudian left-arm spinner if he dismisses the Indian batting superstar, the world’s leading scorer with 14,783 runs and a record 41 centuries.

No prize for guessing which cricketer stands to gain more from the Group B game here on March 19 — Leverock, who is playing his first World Cup, or Tendulkar, who will be making his 382nd one-day appearance.

Six non-Test-playing nations — Canada, Bermuda, the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland and Kenya — will be in fray in group matches starting on Tuesday, with the sole aim of enjoying just one day in the sun.

The lesser-known players have hitched their wagons to the stars at the big stage, like Canadian John Davison who was least expected to hammer the fastest Cup century when Brian Lara, Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting were around.
“John who?”

The question became irrelevant after Davison smashed a 67-ball hundred in a group match against the West Indies at Centurion in the 2003 edition in South Africa.