West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago opener Lendl Simmons returned to competitive action for his club Merry Boys on Thursday, leading them to a 15-run win over Moosai Sport in a UWI Twenty20 tournament semi-final at Sir Frank Worrell Ground, St Augustine.
Simmons, who suffered a fractured finger in T&T's regional four-day match against Barbados last month, played with a heavy bandage on the injured finger and hit two fours in his 11 off 12 balls, before grabbing three wickets for 18 runs from 2.2 overs to put his team in front.
After winning the toss and batting, Merry Boys piled up 134 for four off their 20 overs, with eventual Man of the Match Alcindo Holder slamming 43 off 35 balls, which included six fours.
This was Holder's third Man of the Match award in as many games in the tournament.
Former T&T Under-19 wicket-keeper Aaron Alfred was also among the runs, hitting 37 off 37 balls to boost his team's total.
When Moosai batted, they were dismissed for 117 off 19.2 overs, with Neil Williams top-scoring with 35 off 34 balls.
Dave Mohammed also got going, hitting one four and a six in his 17 off nine balls, but their other batsmen let them down.
Simmons, Holder and left-arm orthodox spinner Javed Ramdhanie took three wickets each to wreck the Moosai chase.
Merry Boys will now face the winner of last night's second semi-final between CLICO Preysal and LLumar Esmeralda in the tournament final at the same venue on Friday March 30 from 7 p.m.
Thursday's UWI T20
Merry Boys 132/4 (20 overs) (Alcindo Holder 43, Aaron Alfred 34, Samuel Felix 17 n.o., Lendl Simmons 11, Troy Cornelius 11; Neil Williams 1/18, Ken Hazel 1/21, Dave Mohammed 1/26) vs Moosai 117 all out (19.2 overs) (Neil Williams 35, Dave Mohammed 17; Lendl Simmons 3/18, Javed Ramdhanie 3/26, Alcindo Holder 3/29)--Merry Boys won by 15 runs
Man of the Match: Alcindo Holder (Merry Boys)