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Cricketer Tom Maynard Dies Aged 23

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Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard has died after being struck by a London Underground train, it has been confirmed.

The batsman, 23, from Cardiff played for his county in the t20 game against Kent on Sunday.

The incident happened at Wimbledon station on Monday.

Maynard, who came through the ranks at Glamorgan, joined Surrey at the start of last season.

He left after his father Matthew's departure from the Welsh county in 2010 after claiming his position had become "untenable".

In a statement, Surrey 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," it said.

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."

Surrey's Friends Life t20 game against the Hampshire Royals at the Kia Oval on Wednesday has been postponed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...-wales-18492564

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That really is awful.

I had been following his form since last summer with his run scoring in all forms of the game increasing and he did well

on the Lions' winter tour.

Thoughts for all who knew him and for those at Surrey who also lost Ben Hollioake at such a young age 10 years ago.

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The Daily Mail are reporting that Tom had been involved in a police chase in the early hours of this morning.

The exact circumstances of the batsman's death remain unclear, but it is believed he was fleeing police before his lifeless body was found on the rail tracks just after 5am.

The Cardiff-born cricketer, who was the son of former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew, is thought to have been involved in a car chase with officers through the streets of south west

London before making off on foot.

An hour later a District Line train driver is understood to have spotted a man's motionless body lying in his path but was unable to pull on the brakes in time.

The tragedy happened less than 12 hours after the popular batsman played against Kent in a Twenty20 match at Beckenham.

Earlier, police officers had tried to pull over a black Mercedes, which they said was being driven 'erratically'.

But when they attempted to arrest the driver, he fled into the night.

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.'

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This really is terrible news, he really was a promising cricketer, and had a massive future ahead of him. what a waste.

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