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By Peter Della Penna
Teenage wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Taylor recorded back-to-back
double-centuries this past weekend to lead his Florida Cricket Academy
team to an undefeated record in the Miramar Youth Cricket Festival in
17-year-old scored 212 runs against Big Broward Cricket Academy before
retiring in the first 40-over match of the tournament played in south
Florida. Teammate Trevor Singh, who along with Taylor is one of 21
probables invited to a selection camp this weekend for the USA U-19
team, scored exactly 100 in the same match as FCA amassed 407 for 4 in
their 40 overs before restricting BBCA to 147 for 9.
The following day, Taylor produced a score of 206 against
Atlanta-based Cricket Academy of USA. FCA finished at 365 for 6 in 40
overs before holding CAUSA to 227 for 9.
FCA went up against the Michigan Cricket Academy on the final day of
the event in a match that decided the tournament title. Both teams
entered the contest having won their first two round-robin games.
MCA batted first and was bowled out for 189 on the last ball of the
innings. Taylor was held to just 51 in the game, still good enough to
top-score as FCA eked past the target to win by one wicket. Kishan
Patel, who had earlier taken a five-wicket haul in the tournament
against CAUSA, finished with none on the day while Ani Mayasandra
finished with 4 for 10 in four overs. Ryan Ramnarine, another invitee to
the USA U-19 selection camp, hit the winning runs for FCA less than
three weeks after being involved in a serious car accident in which
Taylor was also a passenger.