Full name Philip Verant Simmons
Born April 18, 1963, Arima, Trinidad
Current age 54 years 101 days
Major teams West Indies, Border, Durham, Easterns, Leicestershire, Trinidad & Tobago, Wales Minor Counties
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relation Nephew - LMP Simmons
|Test debut||India v West Indies at Chennai, Jan 11-15, 1988 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v West Indies at Peshawar, Nov 17-20, 1997 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v West Indies at Lahore, Oct 16, 1987 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v West Indies at Manchester, May 30, 1999 scorecard|
|First-class span||1982/83 - 2000/01|
|List A span||1982/83 - 2002|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|52||Lashings XI||v Ireland||Wicklow||22 Jun 2008||Other T20|
|10*||Lashings XI||v Ireland||Wicklow||22 Jun 2008||Other T20|
|3||Lashings XI||v Cambridge U||Cambridge||12 Jun 2008||Other OD|
|24||PCA XI||v Derbyshire||Derby||14 Sep 2007||Other T20|
|7||PCA XI||v Essex||Chelmsford||13 Sep 2007||Other T20|
|2, 1/43||Lashings XI||v Cambridge U||Cambridge||21 Jun 2006||Other OD|
Phil Simmons was an explosive Trinidadian allrounder whose Test record does him no sort of justice. His one Test hundred came against tough opposition at Melbourne in 1992-93, but he made just four other fifties from his 26 starts, most of them as opener. His finest achievement was probably taking Leicestershire to the County Championship with a towering season in 1996, when he collected 1244 runs and 56 wickets - and 35 catches, most of which landed in his bucket-sized hands at slip. Usually a medium-pacer, Simmons bowled quickly that year, reportedly outpacing Devon Malcolm on their one meeting. As a youngster on the 1988 West Indian tour of England, Simmons was hit on the head by David Lawrence in fading light at Bristol: his heart stopped and he needed emergency brain surgery before making a full recovery. He went into coaching, landing the poison chalice of looking after Zimbabwe. Inevitably it ended in tears, and he was sacked in August 2005 amid reports that he was too nice to handle the cut and thrust of running an international side. But a new opportunity arose two years later when he was appointed Ireland's head coach after the 2007 World Cup.
Will Luke, May 2007
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