Tom Maynard: Cricket Loses One of Its Rising Stars

David MoulsonContributor IJune 18, 2012

Thomas Maynard - 25/03/1989-18/06/2012
Thomas Maynard - 25/03/1989-18/06/2012Harry Engels/Getty Images

News broke this afternoon about the death of Surrey and England Lions batsman Tom Maynard.

Just hours after playing for his county against Kent in the Friends Life Twenty20, Maynard was struck by a train at Wimbledon Park Station on the District train line.

The Metropolitan police confirmed reports that Maynard had ran away from the scene of where he was pulled over by their officers for driving "erratically". 

A spokesman for the Met Police also told the BBC:

At approximately 04:15 BST on Monday, 18 June, officers stopped a vehicle after it was seen being driven erratically in Arthur Road, SW19. The male driver of the vehicle - a black Mercedes C250 - made off on foot. Officers were unable to locate the man. At approximately 05:10 BST the body of a man fitting the same description was found on tracks near Wimbledon Park station.

This story has shocked the cricketing world, as Maynard was one of England's most promising batsmen and was on the England Lions tour to Bangladesh over the winter. 

Twitter has been flooded with tributes to the Surrey batsman. Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff posted: "tragic news that a great lad , Tom Maynard is no longer with us . All my thoughts are with his family at this awful time x x"

The former Glamorgan man made his debut against Gloucestershire at Colwyn Bay where he made 71 off 75 balls, and he made his County Championship debut two months later against Somerset.

His Glamorgan team mate James Harris posted on Twitter, " .....Thomas Maynard was a man destined for great things. Got some amazing memories of us playing together. Take care mate. RIP."

Maynard's Surrey teammate and England Wicket keeper Steve Davies tweeted, "Words can't describe the way I'm feeling. RIP Tom Maynard. Will miss you bro. Thoughts and prayers with his family."

It has been a sad day for cricket losing such a talented player, and all our thoughts have to go to Matthew and the rest of the Maynard family at this deeply sad time.