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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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Maynard 'enjoyed socialising and enjoying himself'

by Paul Brand - ITV London reporter

Tom Maynard's father, the former England international Matthew Maynard, has said it is important his son is "remembered as a person as well as a cricketer" in a statement read at his inquest.

"He enjoyed socialising and to drink alcohol at the right times and to enjoy himself with the lads," Matthew Maynard added.

It was after a night of socialising that Tom Maynard abandoned his car after being spotted by police and was found on the train line at Wimbledon, south-west London.

Tom Maynard's father in tribute to 'highly talented' son

by Paul Brand - ITV London reporter

The inquest into the death of Surrey county cricketer Tom Maynard, who died on a Tube line in Wimbledon last year, has heard a statement from his father, Matthew Maynard.

He said his son was a "highly talented, dedicated and respected sportsman (who) always had time for people".

The inquest at Westminster Coroners' Court is expecting to hear evidence from England player Jade Dernbach and former Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown.

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Surrey team-mate hopes inquest will bring closure

A former team-mate of cricketer Tom Maynard has said he hopes today's inquest will bring "a final bit of closure".

Surrey spin-bowler Gareth Batty told the BBC the atmosphere at the club since Maynard's death had been "absolutely horrendous".

"It almost makes cricket secondary to everything else which is going on."

"It's a cloud that has been hanging over," he added.

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Cricket world awaits truth on death of rising star

The death of Tom Maynard last June was a huge blow for the cricketing world in which he was considered a rising star.

England players observe a minutes silence in memory of Tom Maynard
England players observe a minutes silence in memory of Tom Maynard Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

The Welsh batsman, who honed his skills with Glamorgan and Surrey, earned himself a place on the England Lions tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the start of last year.

Cricketers from all over the country paid tribute to Maynard when his funeral was held in July.

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