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By Ricardo Inniss
in Miami to Jamaican parents Loveth and Sylvan Taylor, on November 09.
1993, Steven Taylor, a left-handed opening batsman who also keeps
wicket competently, was nurtured from an early age on the sidelines of
grounds around South Florida by his father
Sylvan, and later by his mentor former USA hard-hitting stroke
playing left-handed batsman Mark Johnson. Later, Steven became the
first 14 year-old to bang a half century in the South Florida Cricket
Alliance (SFCA), Keith Graham Memorial Classic (now the SFCA Sims Cup
Classic). Steven’s enterprising knock against Pakistan, while
representing a SFCA Youth Team, was decorated with 4 fours and 3 sixes
off 33 balls and lasted just 41 minutes.
Early in 2008, Steven toured St. Kitts, Nevis, Guyana, Grenada,
Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago representing the USA in the ICC
Americas Clico Under-15 International Tournament. Steven toured New
Zealand with the 2010 USA Under-19 team, and again the same year, he
toured Italy with the senior team. Later he represented the senior
team again, this time against a touring Jamaica team at the Central
Broward Regional Park Stadium in South Florida.
Steven, now a prolific scorer in all senior SFCA competitions,
recently hit back-to-back double centuries to lead his Florida Cricket
Academy to an undefeated record in the Miramar Youth Festival held
recently in Miramar, Florida.
The young and very talented 17 year-old, took 212 off Big Broward
Cricket Academy, before retiring in the first 40 over match of the
tournament. The following day, Taylor came back to produce a flawless
boundary studded knock of 206 against the Atlanta-based Cricket Academy
of USA. In the final match against the Michigan Cricket Academy he
Young Steven was recently selected as USA vice-captain for the
recently completed ICC Americas Under-19 Tournament played in Florida,
during which the USA played undefeated. Taylor is expected to continue
in his new role as vice-captain when the 2011 Under-19 tournament gets
underway in Ireland later this year.
The stroke playing left-hander, who can be a devastating and
ruthless opponent, rich vein of form continues as in the currently
on-going SFCA Sims Classic he recently hit a blazing undefeated 87
against India, and in his most recent knock, he took a sparkling 75 off
Pakistan. He is the youngest player in the SFCA Premier Division, and
idolizes former West Indies captain Brian Lara, Chris Gayle and on the
local scene, Mark Johnson. Steven is looking forward one day to
representing the West Indies and when that happens, he will be setting
his sites on breaking Lara’s test record.
Steven is currently attending the Miramar High School, in Miramar,
South Florida. Cricket is his first love but he also enjoys American
football, basketball and softball. When relaxing, he likes to listen
to reggae and soca music. There’s no doubt about it! Steven, who has
every shot in the book and a few of his own, is a big plus for USA
cricket, and definitely one for the future.