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From the Miami Herald:

Miramar teen a rising star in world of cricket

BY SERGIO BONILLA

Special to The Miami Herald

Playing cricket at the age of 7 against 30 and 40-year old men, Steven Taylor quickly became used to facing more experienced competitors who tried to intimidate him.

So when Steven, of Miramar, went up for his first at-bat in the 2010 U-19 World Cup of Cricket in New Zealand, the 16 year old was not surprised the bowler aimed for his head.

“I know it was on purpose because I was on the `players to watch list,’ ” Steven said.

The left-handed batsman was the youngest player on Team USA in January and the only player from South Florida. Although Team USA won just one game in the tournament, Steven faced a new level of opponents.

“It was a much higher level and much more difficult,” Steven said.

Steven will be on the Team USA squad when it plays Jamaica at 4 p.m. May 23 in an abbreviated match at Central Broward Regional Park’s Cricket Stadium in Lauderhill — the only International Cricket Council-approved cricket stadium in North America — during the weekend Pearl’s Cricket Cup. The tourament, featuring New Zealand versus Sri Lanka, is the first International Cricket Council T20 game played on U.S. soil.

Organizers said they are aiming to generate awareness and establish a fan base for cricket in the United States.

An estimated 30,000 people play or watch cricket in the United States each year, according to the smithsonian.com . During the 2007 World Cup of Cricket, nearly 2 billion people watched.

Yet cricket hasn’t yet developed the kind of grass-root popularity that has made soccer such a big recreational sport in the United States. Broward and Miami-Dade County schools don’t offer the sport.

Steven’s teammate Mark Johnson, who has been playing cricket in South Florida for about 20 years, said he thinks the teen is the type of player the sport needs to gain popularity in the U.S.

“I haven’t seen a natural U.S.-born talent at his level,” Johnson said. “If cricket in the U.S continues to grow, he will be a great player.”

When he was 14 years old, Steven participated in the Under-15 International Cricket Championship in the West Indies.

“From birth, he took an interest in the game,” said Silvan Taylor, Steven’s father, who was born in Jamaica.

Taylor embraced his son’s interest in cricket and supported him, even when he was 7, playing significantly older players. Taylor said he never imagined Steven would reach such a high level so quickly.

“This is a big surprise,” Taylor said. “The level at which he is playing surpasses my expectations. It’s all about him. But he wants to play at the highest level.”

Steven’s classmates at Miramar High School often tell Steven he should play another sport.

“People tell me all the time that I should play baseball because there is more money in baseball,” Steven said.

While both involve using a bat to hit a ball, Steven said he wants to stick to cricket. He likes the idea that one turn at-bat in cricket could last hours while in baseball you can be up a few minutes.

The next World Cup of Cricket is underway in 2011. Until then, Steven will sharpen his skills by playing in the South Florida Cricket Alliance for Team Jamaica. He hopes his past experiences could serve as a stepping stone to play cricket overseas.

“I hope cricket just becomes more popular in the U.S. so I could play in more international tournaments,” he said.

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