Former Glamorgan cricketer Tom Maynard dies
12:08pm Monday 18th June 2012 in Latest cricket
SURREY batsman Tom Maynard has died at the age of 23, the club have confirmed.
Maynard, son of former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard, died this morning after being struck by a District Line train.
Surrey confirmed Maynard was killed, releasing a statement that read: "Surrey County Cricket Club and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) can confirm that batsman Tom Maynard has been confirmed dead by the Metropolitan Police."
Maynard left Glamorgan for the Oval in 2011 and represented England Lions last year.
British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed a 23-year-old man, named locally as Maynard, had been hit by a train early this morning.
A BTP spokesman said: "BTP officers were called to the line near Wimbledon Park London Underground station on Monday, 18 June after a man was struck by a District line train.
"The incident was reported to BTP at 5.03am and was also attended by Metropolitan Police officers.
"London Ambulance Service medics attended but the man, believed to be 23 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The incident was reported to BTP at 5.03am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.
"A file will be prepared for the coroner.’’
Maynard, who was born in Cardiff, came through the ranks at Glamorgan before moving to Surrey last summer.
The big-hitting batsman was considered a rising star in the game and earned himself a place on the England Lions tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the start of this year.
As a mark of respect, Surrey's Friends Life Twenty20 game against the Hampshire Royals at the Kia Oval that was scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed.
Surrey Chairman Richard Thompson said: "Our thoughts at this awful time are with Tom's family and friends and all those that were close to him.
"Tom Maynard was a prodigiously talented young batsman who had made an incredible start to his career and was clearly destined for far greater things. The impact Tom made in such a short period of time for Surrey CCC spoke for itself.
"There is a profound sense of loss at the passing of Tom. To lose anybody at such a young age is an utterly senseless tragedy.’’
ECB Chairman Giles Clarke said: "This is a very sad day for everyone connected with Surrey County Cricket club and for Glamorgan County Cricket club where Tom spent the early part of his career. Tom was a player of enormous potential who had already represented England Lions and had an exciting future ahead of him.
"Our hearts go out to the Maynard family for their tragic loss and we send them and all Tom's many friends and colleagues within the game our deepest sympathies.’’
Leading figures from the cricketing world united in their sadness at Maynard's death.
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff said on Twitter: "Tragic news that a great lad, Tom Maynard is no longer with us. All my thoughts are with his family at this awful time x x’’
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said: "Thoughts are with Matt Maynard and his family.. Words can't describe the terribly sad news that Tom Maynard has died aged 23... £RIPTOM’’
Former England seamer Matthew Hoggard added: "Can't believe the news about Tom Maynard !!!! Life can be so cruel! Thoughts go out to his family!! Top bloke much talent! R.I.P’’
There is no indication yet as to whether England's one-day international against the West Indies at The Oval will go ahead.
England cancelled a planned press conference today as a mark of respect to the player.
Surrey paceman Jade Dernbach is currently in the England squad that is due to the play the tourists tomorrow.
It is thought Maynard may have been trying to escape police shortly before his death.
Officers tried to pull over a black Mercedes, which was being driven "erratically’’, an hour before Maynard's body was found on the tracks.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "At approx 4.15am on Monday, 18 June, officers stopped a vehicle after it was seen being driven erratically in Arthur Road, SW19.
"The male driver of the vehicle - a black Mercedes C250 - made off on foot.
"Officers were unable to locate the man.
"At approx 5.10am the body of a man fitting the same description was found on tracks near Wimbledon Park station.’’
The force added that it was still trying to identify the man found on the tracks and that the Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have been informed.