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Tom Maynard's father in tribute to 'highly talented' son

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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Maynard inquest due today

Tom Maynard in action for Surrey Credit: PA photograph

An inquest into the death of promising young cricketer Tom Maynard is due to be heard in London today. The 23 year old died on June 18th last year after going onto the tracks at Wimbledon underground station. Earlier he'd been stopped by police after being seen driving "erratically" nearby.

Maynard began his county cricket career with Glamorgan before moving to Surrey in 2011. His Father, Matt, had previously coached and captained the Welsh county. Last August, friends and family of Tom rode over 100 miles from Cardiff to the Kia Oval to raise funds for the Tom Maynard Trust.

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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 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.

Cyclists finish ride in memory of Tom Maynard

Tom's father Matthew leads the group of cyclists onto the pitch at the Oval Credit: Nigel French / EMPICS Sport

A group of cyclists, riding in memory of Welsh cricketer Tom Maynard, have arrived at the Oval cricket ground in London this afternoon, after a 150-mile journey from Cardiff.

They set off from the SWALEC Stadium, home of Tom's former club Glamorgan, yesterday. Their arrival at the Oval, home of his last club, Surrey, precedes a Clydesdale Bank 40 match between the two counties this afternoon.

The proceeds from the match, as well as the ride, will go towards the Tom Maynard Trust. He was 23, when he died after going onto a London underground line in June. An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned.

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Flintoff: 'Knowing we're doing this in Tom's memory will spur us on'

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff tells David Wood why he's getting involved in the 160-mile bike ride to raise money for the Tom Maynard Trust.

"What happened with Tom rocked everyone within the cricket world" he says.

"This is such a fantastic cause. I just wanted to show my support for Matthew and the Maynard family."

"The Trust has been set up raising money to help kids - lads, girls - get involved with cricket, whether it's buying kit, or going on tours or giving bursaries".

"The one thing that's going to be spurring everyone on is that we're doing it in Tom's memory and that we're doing it for the Trust."

Tom Maynard memorial cycle ride gets under way

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