RIP TOM MAYNARD
Tom Maynard, the Surrey batsman and son of former England international Matthew, has been killed aged just 23.
Maynard, one of the most promising batsmen in the country, died in an accident in the early hours of Monday morning.
Police sources have revealed he was struck near Wimbledon Park station on the London Underground District Line shortly after 5am. It is thought that he may have been trying to avoid police when he died.
Maynard was in action on Sunday night for his side's Twenty20 match with Kent in Beckenham.
A British Transport Police 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.'
It is believed 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.
England were practising at Maynard's home ground of the Kia Oval ahead of Tuesday's second one-day international when the news began to emerge. The players are said to be in shock.
Only last week Maynard was disciplined by Surrey for being out late during a championship match against Sussex.
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.
It is a terrible tragedy for the game and a Surrey club who 10 years ago lost Ben Hollioake to a car accident in Australia.
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.'
As a mark of respect, Surrey have postponed Wednesday's Twenty20 match against Hampshire.
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.'
Leading figures from the cricketing world united in their sadness at Maynard's death.
England international Stuart Broad wrote on Twitter: 'Absolutely gutted this morning to hear the news about Tom Maynard. A lovely guy and great talent. #RIPTom'
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff said: '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'
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 Tuesday's planned press conference as a mark of respect to the player. Surrey paceman Jade Dernbach is currently in the squad that is due to the play the tourists.
Australia, who have arrived in England for a five-match one-day series, also paid their respects.
Coach Mickey Arthur said: '‘I'd seen him play. It's always a tragedy. The cricket family is so small you tend to know everyone in it. I know his dad quite well. He was coach of the year in South Africa this year.
'Our thoughts just go out to the family. It's always a tragedy to lose such a talented player. Our thoughts are with the family at the moment.
‘He was certainly flamboyant. He had a lot of potential, a lot of talent. Who knows where he would have ended up. Our thoughts are with the family, and I hope they get to the bottom of it.'
Captain Michael Clarke added: 'I'd only seen him on television in county cricket. I played against his father when I was at Hampshire a few years ago. Our thoughts certainly go out to the family.'
Tom Maynard was destined for stardom; what a sad and tragic waste of life
The cricket world is struggling to come to terms with how one of the most promising young batsmen in the country in Tom Maynard could die in such tragic, wasteful circumstances.
Maynard's death in the early hours of Monday, aged just 23, left the game in shock, with the loss felt most acutely at his home ground of The Oval, where England's players practised in stunned silence ahead of Tuesday's second one-day international against West Indies.
The show will go on on Tuesday but Surrey, reeling from the third such tragedy to hit them in 15 years following the deaths of their players Graham Kersey and Ben Hollioake, quickly postponed their Twenty20 game against Hampshire on Wednesday as a mark of respect.
The son of former England batsman and batting coach Matthew Maynard moved to London from his native Glamorgan last year and was quickly earmarked as an England batsman in the making, touring Bangladesh with the Lions last winter.
Maynard Jnr was a hard-hitting batsman, reminiscent of his father, but was also skilled enough to score four first-class centuries, including a poignant one for Surrey against the Glamorgan side he had left in support of father Matthew when he was sacked as coach.
Hugh Morris, managing director of the England team, is a friend of the Maynards, having played with Matthew at Glamorgan, and was clearly distressed when he arrived at The Oval on Monday to comfort England players and management and Surrey staff.
‘I've known Tom since he was a little boy and he was an incredibly talented cricketer and an incredibly likeable young man who had the world at his feet,' said Morris.
‘In a way he played just like his old man - Matthew played for England and Tom was very much on that path. It's an absolute tragedy and my heart goes out to Matthew and Sue, his parents.'
Steve James, another former team-mate of Matthew, added on Twitter: ‘The lovely kid who was always in our dressing room at Glamorgan grew into a man who would have played for England. How can he be gone so soon?'
Maynard's girlfriend Carly Baker posted an emotional tribute on Twitter. It read: 'My beautiful boyfriend Tom Maynard. I can't cope with this. I love you always and forever. You meant everything to me. We will always be together I love you, Tom. You made me the happiest girl.'
It appeared then that Tom was on the cusp of a great career but there were some causes for concern. Only last week he had damaged a shoulder when he was hit by a car during a late night out in Brighton while he was playing against Sussex at Horsham.
That breach of discipline led to Maynard being left out of Surrey's opening Twenty20 match against Essex last Wednesday, but he was back batting against Kent at Beckenham on Sunday just hours before he embarked on his last tragic car journey.
‘Tom was a prodigiously talented young batsman who was clearly destined for greater things,' said Surrey chairman Richard Thompson.
‘The impact Tom made in such a short space of time for Surrey speaks for itself. To lose anybody at such a young age is an utterly senseless tragedy.'
Senseless is indeed the word that came to mind as police revealed that Maynard's black Mercedes was stopped at 4.15am on Monday in Arthur Road, Wimbledon, which crosses the London Underground District Line, because he was driving ‘erratically'.
Police say Maynard ran off and, less than an hour later, he was struck by a Tube train between Wimbledon Park and Southfields stations. It is believed he had stepped on a live track and been electrocuted before the train struck him.
How on earth Maynard should find himself in such a situation is a question that will haunt his family and his many friends in the game. Those friends were desperately seeking answers on Monday night.
Jade Dernbach, a Surrey colleague and close friend of Maynard, was missing from England's training on Monday and the ECB announced that he was being stood down from the one-day squad for compassionate reasons. He is replaced by Chris Woakes.
The Surrey flag was flying at half mast by the time England's subdued practice session had finished and it will be at half mast again on Tuesday during an international that clearly will be overshadowed by the news.
It is almost certain that Maynard would in the future have been wearing the blue of England in senior limited overs cricket himself, providing he was able to curb his excesses, but now we will never know how far he could have gone or whether he would have emulated his father in playing Test cricket.
That is the biggest tragedy of those horrible last moments Tom Maynard spent in Wimbledon on Monday morning.
TOM MAYNARD FACTFILE:
1989: Born on March 25 in Cardiff.
2004: Makes his debut for Glamorgan Under-17s at the age of 15.
2007: June 10 - Scores 71 off 75 balls on his professional debut for Glamorgan against Gloucestershire.
June 24 - Scores 11 off 11 balls on his Twenty20 debut against Warwickshire.
August 16 - Scores 15 on his first-class debut against Somerset.
2010: May - Captains a Glamorgan team that includes his father Matthew, who came out of retirement to play against a Cardiff University side.
2011: January - Leaves Glamorgan and signs for Surrey.
June 17 - Scores maiden century against Glamorgan. Goes on to score more than 1,000 runs in a stellar first season at the Kia Oval.
December 16 - Named in England Lions squad for tour of Bangladesh.
2012: May 9 - Scores highest total of 143 against Worcestershire.
June 17 - Scores seven for Surrey in their Twenty20 match against Kent at Beckenham.
June 18 - Found dead on tracks at Wimbledon Park station after being hit by a train.