The Florida Cricket Academy was founded in with the sole purpose to bring all youth players in the Southeast Florida Region together to learn and enjoy the game of cricket we all love. We are a Not for Profit body that is committed to putting the development of our young players ahead of any issues or persons.
Founded: July, 2007
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W.I.C.B. and Combermere H.S. head coach Roddy Estwick will be bringing two teams to take part in our tournament in January. This will extend an opportunity for our youths to test their skills against some of the very best of their piers.
Please join the FCA in congratulating Brandon Dunbar on becoming the Captain of our senior league team. Brandon has been in the organization for almost 10 yrs and we are proud to be promoting from within.
We are also please to announce that Omari Williams will be taking over the Captaincy of our junior team as Steven graduates out of the U19 age group. Big shoes to fill Omari as Steven has led us to numerous titles.
The entire organization is here to fully support you guys and remember it’s not how you win or lose but how you play the game.
Florida Cricket Academy International Under 19
The Florida Cricket Academy (FCA) concluded its 4th Under 19 tournament under blue skies. Barbados champs Combermere High School (CHS) showed why they were heavily favored with a superb display of great all round cricket coming from behind to take the championship from the FCA. After MCA upset CCUSA on the south field, it came down to C.H.S. and FCA. A win or a close loss by FCA would have them retaining the title as they were ahead by NRR, neither would happen. Combermere H.S. won the toss and chose to bat. Immediately, the CHS batsmen began rotating the strike turning ones into twos. They ended up with 263 for 9 in their 40 overs with a brilliant century (105) from West Indies U-19 player, Justin Greaves.
FCA began their inning needing 235 runs to retain the title on NRR. They raced away at 10 runs per over in the first 8 overs with USA u19 and FCA skipper Steven Taylor smashing the ball everywhere. After Taylor’s opening partner Atul Thomas got out, wickets fell at regular intervals. With no support for Taylor, he carried on to make 115. The FCA ended with 184 all out in 36.1 overs falling short of the NRR by 50 runs.
Individual awards were presented to Justin Greaves for tournament MVP. Steven Taylor for tournament best batsman and Salman Safi for tournament best bowler.
After a great weekend of youth cricket, FCA President Wayne Ramnarine and tournament organizer was quoted saying” we saw the standard where we need to get too and it’s a long way off. Barbados team was superb with the bat, ball and especially in the field. Take a lesson from what you saw today, you guys can only get there if you’re willing to put in the hard work.”
Roddy Estwick, WICB U19 head coach who also coaches Combermere H.S. was impressed with the FCAs program and will be returning to run a few camps for the FCA players.
The FCA would like to thank our outstanding sponsors Laparkan Shipping, Sea Freight Lines, Palmetto Ford Trucks and Mohamed Halal Foods and all those that assisted in staging this yearly event.
Next years’ event will feature Combermere once again and a high school team from Trinidad.
Scorecards and statistics from all matches can be found on the FCA’s website: http://www.flcad.org/onfield/
Everyone is invited to come out and support what promises to be a great youth tournament.
A showcase of the FCA’s individuals and the organization’s accomplishments in 2012 saw the introduction of many new faces and a few familiar ones. The event was hosted and emceed long time youth development stallworth and FCA President Wayne Ramnarine. There were seven categories of Junior and Senior awards. Highlights included, starting off the year by winning the FCA hosted U19 Tournament in January and closing out the year with winning the FSCL Division 2 championship.
FCA young and upcoming star left arm pace bowler Noman Maqsood cleaned up the tail with figures of 3 for 8 from 1.4 overs to earn FCA a hard fought win and match MVP for himself.
FCA was sent in to bat and struggled to get going with Sherwyn Powell top scoring with 30, Araf Badrudeen 18 and Noman Maqsood 12 n.o. finished with 118 all out in 30 ovs. FCA took the field confindent of defending that total. It got off to flying start as opening bowler Kj Godbole ran through the top 3 batsmen with some magnificent swing bowling. Wickets continued to fall at regular interval with some brilliant catches being taken. In the end Lagaan was bowled out for 114 earning FCA a hard fought Championship. Congrats to the entire team