A group of friends of and former Glamorgan teammates of Tom Maynard, who died in June, are to cycle from the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff to the Oval in London to raise money for a trust set up in his name.
Taking part in the ride will be Tom Maynard's father Matthew and former England international Andrew Flintoff. They will be joined for the challenge to cycle between the two grounds by friends of the Maynard family, Ian Williams and Martin Loosemore as well as current and former Glamorgan players including Steve James, Will Bragg and Ryan Watkins.
The Tom Maynard Trust was created to help aspiring and disadvantaged young cricketers and other sportspeople with their career development. Its aim will be to support training, education whilst suplying kit and organising overseas visits to help players gain important experience.
The body of the 23 year old was found near to a London underground train station in Wimbledon on June 18th.
Maynard, who played for Surrey, was the son of former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard and was described as having 'enormous potential'.
Shortly after his death, the England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement saying 'Experts both inside and outside the club predicted he would soon follow in the footsteps of his father Matthew by graduating to full England honours.'
– Ian Williams, Organiser
The cycle ride was my idea, but initially it was only going to be myself and one other, not the number of riders it’s got to now. I tweeted one night what we were going to do and it was forwarded on by a number of people with more followers than me and the interest bloomed from that.
At the start when it was just me and Martin cycling, I thought it would be great to raise £1,000, but with more riders involved and about 20 days to go, we’re well past that. We’ve also had a substantial sponsorship figure so we now hope to raise more than £20,000.
The riders aim to arrive at the Oval shortly before the start of the Clydesdale Bank 40 match between Surrey and Glamorgan on Tuesday August 21st, which will be a tribute match to Tom Maynard. The proceeds from that game are being donated to the Trust.