Cricketer death ruled accidental

An inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court has returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of Cardiff-born cricketer Tom Maynard.

Earlier it heard he was over the drink driving limit and tests suggest he may have used cocaine and ecstasy.

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Jury return verdict of accidental death

Tom Maynard in action for Surrey
Tom Maynard in action for Surrey Credit: PA

An inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court has returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of Cardiff-born cricketer Tom Maynard.

Dr Wilcox described MrMaynard's death as absolutely tragic" and called for analysis of hairsamples to be considered for future drugs testing by Surrey County CricketClub, and other sports clubs, to help identify drug users.

"I pass my sympathies toMr Maynard's family for the loss they have suffered," she added.

During the hearing, AlexTysone, Surrey County Cricket Club's physiotherapist, paid tribute to MrMaynard who he described as having "the looks, the chat and all thetalent".

Cricketer's death inquest continues

A cricketer who died on a Tube line as he tried to run away from police was high on drink and drugs.

An inquest has heard that Tom Maynard was nearly four times the legal alcohol limit to drive and had also taken cocaine and ecstasy.

The 23-year-old, who was tipped to be an England international, was found dead near Wimbledon Park Station in June last year.

Richard Morgan has more.

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Professional Cricketers' Association statement

We, along with Surrey CCC, Glamorgan CCC and the ECB have supported everyone impacted both directly and indirectly by Tom's death, collectively with bereavement counselling, and individually where necessary.

Amongst the headlines which will inevitably be generated by the inquest findings, consideration must now be given to the Maynard family who are experiencing a further wave of tragedy. We must all now move forward and remember Tom as a tremendously talented young man who had so much to look forward to. We must focus on building a positive legacy in his memory.

– Angus Porter, PCA Chief Executive
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Maynard family: 'Inquest results do not define our son'

Tom Maynard, 33, died after being hit by a Tube train last June. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The family of Tom Maynard has said "the results of the inquest do not define our son" after it revealed the county cricketer to be a regular cocaine user and up to four times over the drink driving limit at the time of his death.

A statement issued by the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) on behalf of the Maynard family said: "The fact that so very many people thought the world of him is what defines him as a person."

”The only people who would judge Tom on the findings of the inquest are people who didn’t know him," it added. "He made choices that night that tragically cost him his life but his devastated family and friends will love and miss him unconditionally, always."

The PCA said it was "saddened by the information which has come to light from the inquest" and said it was supporting "his family, friends and teammates at this difficult time."

The body also reiterated a "commitment to assisting players via its Personal Development and Welfare programme."

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Fellow cricketer 'unaware' of Maynard using cocaine

by Richard Morgan

"England cricketer Jade Dernbach now giving evidence. Says he was "unaware" of Tom Maynard using cocaine, and had never seen him do so."

"Jade Dernbach said Surrey did carry out drugs testing - says sometimes there were 8-10 tests per year, sometimes one or two, with no warning."

"Dernbach says he's surprised by the results of toxicology tests. Says he didn't know anything about drug use."

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