Cricketer 'took ecstasy & coke'

The inquest into the death of county cricketer Tom Maynard, who died after being hit by a train on the London Underground last June, has heard he was over the drink driving limit and tests suggest he may have used cocaine and ecstasy.

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."

Cricketers 'surprised' by Maynard drug revelations

Former Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown said he was unaware of Tom Maynard's drug use. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Cricketing colleagues of former Surrey batsman Tom Maynard have told his inquest they were unaware of his cocaine and ecstasy use.

England cricketer Jade Dernbach, a county teammate of Maynard, said he was "surprised" by the toxicology test results, "had never seen him" taking cocaine and was "unaware" he did.

Former Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown, now with Sussex, also told the inquest he was unaware of Maynard's drugs misuse during his time with the team.

Mr Dernbach added that Surrey carried out irregular drug tests without warning, ranging from one or two a year up to eight to 10 tests a year.

Read: More on the cricketers' evidence at ITV Wales.

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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.

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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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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.

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