Funeral for train-death cricketer

Surrey Cricket Club's Richard Thompson paid tribute to Tom Maynard describing him as "an extraordinary individual and a great human being".

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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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Inquest into death of cricketer Tom Maynard due

Surrey batsman Tom Maynard
Surrey batsman Tom Maynard Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The inquest into the death of a county cricketer tipped as a future England player will take place today.

Surrey batsman Tom Maynard, 23, died after being hit by a London Underground train in south-west London last June.

It is thought he might 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.

Read: Cricketer Tom Maynard, 23, dies after being hit by tube train

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