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.
Tributes are being paid to the former Sussex and England cricket captain Tony Greig, who died this weekend after having a heart attack.Read the full story ›
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.”
The match was mentioned in a new book, Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Corrupt Heart of Cricket's Underworld, by Ed Hawkins.
Kent won the match, which was televised, by 14 runs.
A statement on the Sussex website said:
"The club can confirm approaches were made to players regarding this game. Working with the PCA (Professional Cricketers' Association), the club investigated and reported the issue at the time, passing all the information promptly to the ECB after the match.
"In conjunction with the ICC, a full investigation was undertaken with nothing untoward coming to light, and the club's prompt action receiving praise.
"There have been no further reports made to the club concerning any Sussex matches.
"As a club, we are committed to ensuring that the game's integrity is not breached at any time and we will continue to take a full and leading role in the ECB's endeavours to protect the game."
Sussex cricket chief executive Dave Brooks is to stand down at the end of 2012, after four years in the role.
Brooks said: "It has been a privilege to be part of cricket in Sussex for the last four years. As a team we can be proud of our achievements over that time."
England's women's cricket team were narrowly beaten by Australia in a closely fought final in Colombo, Sri Lanka. England, captained by Charlotte Edwards, who lives in Wokingham, Berks, lost by four runs on the last ball of the match. It means the Australian team retain the trophy.
An annual sporting occasion involving yachtsmen from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight was called off when waves stopped play.Read the full story ›
Representatives of sailing clubs at Cowes and Hamble have taken part in a cricket match mid-Solent. The Bramble Bank match is a challenging one, played on a sandbank - with the players negotiating the ebbs and flows of the water, getting very wet in the process.
No stranger to challenging circumstances - as the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world between 14th June 1968 and 22nd April 1969 - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston also put in an appearance.