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Tom Maynard dies in tube incident

David Hopps

June 18, 2012

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Tom Maynard clips to leg during his century, Surrey v Middlesex, Guildford, 3rd day, July 22 2011
Tom Maynard's death robs cricket in England and Wales of one of its finest batting talents © PA Photos

Tom Maynard, the Surrey and England Lions batsman, has died aged 23. His body was found dead on the rails near Wimbledon Park tube station in south London around dawn on Monday morning; police say the incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

It was reported that Maynard had been pulled over by police while "driving erratically," less than an hour before his death. Metropolitan Police said that he had abandoned his black Mercedes and fled the scene.

A police statement said: "At approx 4.15am on Monday, 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."

British Transport Police officers were called to the line near Wimbledon Park London Underground station. A BTP statement said: "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 is currently being treated as non-suspicious."

It is believed that the driver on an early morning District Line train alerted the authorities after he witnessed a body on the track but was unable to stop.

As well as a Coroner's Report into Maynard's death, the Independent Police Complaints Commission is expected to receive a routine report on the circumstances, as it occured shortly after the involvement of police officers.

The news was broken to shocked England players as they arrived at Maynard's home ground of The Oval, where the flags were flying at half-mast ahead of the second ODI against West Indies on Tuesday.

A Surrey statement said: "Maynard was an incredibly talented young batsman. His future potential was unlimited, with experts both inside and outside the club predicting he would soon follow in the footsteps of his father Matthew by graduating to full England honours."

Surrey have postponed their Friends Life t20 game against the Hampshire Royals at the Oval on Wednesday, but England's ODI is expected to go ahead.

Tom Maynard was the son of Matthew Maynard, the former Glamorgan batsman who played Test and one-day cricket for England. Tom Maynard was regarded as one of the brightest talents in the game, a destructive middle-order batsman who was perfectly suited to Surrey's enterprising style of cricket. He had played in Surrey's FLt20 defeat by Kent at Beckenham on Sunday.

He left Glamorgan following the removal of his father as director of cricket in November 2010 and joined Surrey where Rory Hamilton-Brown, a former Millfield schoolmate, had been appointed the youngest captain in the country.

Wimbledon Park tube station, Wimbledon, June 18, 2012
Tom Maynard was found on the line near Wimbledon Park tube station © Alex Winter

Tragedy has struck Surrey for the third time in 16 years. Ben Hollioake, an England allrounder of rich promise, was killed in a car crash in Australia in 2002 after driving back late at night from a family meal. Hollioake, 24, died instantly when his black Porsche 924 came off the road on a ramp in the early hours of the morning in Perth, Western Australia.

England's cricketers, who were contesting the second Test in Wellington, New Zealand, when hearing of Hollioake's death requested that the England flag be lowered to half-mast and wore black armbands.

Nearly six years earlier, on New Year's Day 1997, Graham Kersey, the county's wicketkeeper, died in a car accident near Brisbane. Adam Hollioake, Ben's brother and the Surrey captain at the time, dedicated their Benson and Hedges final success the following summer to the player.

From Australia, Adam Hollioake's tweet must have spoken for many when he wrote: "Wot is going on at Surrey? R we cursed or something? Graham Kersey, my bro, now this.... Treasure every moment with loved ones x."

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Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (June 19, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

Very sad news, whatever the circumstances

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

The current match at the Kia Oval is for u mate,England is for u RIP

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

RIP TOM.deepest sympathies to your family mate

Posted by Vivek78 on (June 19, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

RIP Maynard. Very shocking and bad news.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

it's 2 sad 2 deepest condolences 2 d friends&family of RIP Tom Maynard

Posted by susie2112 on (June 19, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

What a terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom's family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Let his SOUL rest in PEACE

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

RIP Tom Maynard - I am so sad!

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

what a way to die. RIP:>

R. I. P. young lad, its always tragic when a young kid dies especially for his parents who would never be expecting to bury thier child. Same thing happened to a lad a few years back I knew up here in Dundee, he was coming home from a night out and died taking a shortcut over the tracks. How many tragic accidents like this have to keep happening, maybe less so now that it was someone well known.

Posted by DocBindra on (June 19, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Truly, truly saddened by the news. Just another reminder that there is more than just the rivalries on the pitch. Best wishes and condolences to the grieving family and friends. RIP young one.

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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