English cricket is set to step up its drug-testing procedures as a result of the death of Tom Maynard.
Tributes are being paid to the former Sussex and England cricket captain Tony Greig, who died this weekend after having a heart attack.
An annual sporting occasion involving yachtsmen from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight was called off when waves stopped play.
Kent have begun the 101st Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival with a victory over the Netherlands in front of a bumper crowd. Former skipper Rob Key was the hero with an unbeaten 144 to steer Kent home by eight wickets.
Tunbridge Wells cricket week begins today with a bumper crowd of up to three thousand expected as Kent take on the Netherlands in a one day match.
A company has been charged after a builder was killed when a concrete wall fell on him at a cricket ground in Hampshire.
Phillip Carsley died on 8 February, 2010. Concrete from building works on two new stands fell on him whilst he was working at the Ageas Bowl.
– Zoe Martin, Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS Special Crime Division
I have now concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Ian Gould, director of Prefix Limited, the company contracted to install concrete units in the ground, with gross negligence manslaughter and two offences contrary to section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. I have also concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Andrew Scott Limited, the company project-managing the construction of the spectator stands, with two offences contrary to section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Both companies are due to appear at West Hampshire Magistrates' Court on 3 July, 2013.
Hampshire all-rounder, Liam Dawson has, today, been using sport to inspire young people to apply mathematics to everyday life.
Dawson spent the morning at Southampton’s Springhill Catholic Primary School, doing cricket-based activities with more than 120 children, mostly aged 8-9, across four different sessions. The “mathletes” then worked out a range of mathematical equations based on the activities they had undergone.
Richard Morgan tweeting from the inquest of Tom Maynard has said:
"Rory Hamilton-Brown, captain of Surrey, also says he wasn't aware of any drugs misuse by Tom Maynard."
A county cricketer was electrocuted on a railway line before being struck by train as he attempted to flee police after driving while on a cocktail of drink and drugs, an inquest heard today.
Tom Maynard, who had been widely tipped as a future England international, was found near Wimbledon Park station on the London Underground District line shortly after 5am on Monday, June 18 last year.
The 23-year-old Surrey batsman was electrocuted after stepping on a live track before his lifeless body was hit by a train, causing him to die from multiples injuries, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.
He had earlier been stopped by police nearby after his black Mercedes was seen driving erratically, but the sports star fled the vehicle, leaving his keys in the ignition.
A post-mortem examination showed he was nearly four times the legal limit to drive and had also taken cocaine and ecstasy in the form of MDMA after a night out with his two flatmates in Wandsworth, south London.
Tests on hair samples indicted Maynard may have been a regular drug user up to three and half months before his death, the inquest heard.
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.
The Chairman of Hampshire County Cricket Club - Rod Bransgrove, has paid tribute to the former England captain and cricket commentator, Tony Greig, who died this morning after suffering a heart attack. Mr Greig was 66-years-old.
Rod Bransgove said: "Tony was a true cricketing giant in every sense. Apart from his enormous and obvious natural abilities, his commitment was always absolute.
“Whether as player, Captain or cricket commentator, Tony's boundless enthusiasm for the game was legendary and earned him an army of friends and followers all over the cricket world. As a cricket character, he is quite simply irreplaceable.
“I offer my deepest and sincerest condolences to all the Greig family and his close friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”