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Tube Train Kills Cricketer Tom Maynard

Tom MaynardSurrey County Cricket Club (Surrey CCC) star Tom Maynard has died after a Tube train hit him. On Sunday, the 23-year-old batsman played in a match against Kent, then on Monday he was involved in the tragic incident at Wimbledon Park station. According to police, a man matching the cricketer’s description was stopped for driving erratically and then ran away shortly after.

A spokesman for Metropolitan Police said that officers stopped a vehicle – a black Mercedes C250 – on Monday around 4:15am local time when it was seen being driven erratically. The male driver ran away on foot, and officers couldn’t find him. At around 5:10am, a man’s body was found on the tracks near Wimbledon Park station. When London Ambulance Service medics arrived on the scene, they pronounced Maynard dead.

British Transport Police (BTP) say the death isn’t being treated as suspicious. The incident was reported to them at 5:03am and is being treated as non-suspicious. The police added that a file will be drawn up for the coroner.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the police watchdog in England and Wales, is now investigating the incident. The watchdog said in a statement that they were notified of an incident close to Wimbledon Park station in which a man’s body was found on the tracks. Before this, Metropolitan Police Service officers stopped a car being driven by a man matching the same description as the deceased. An assessment will take place in regards to the level of their involvement when Metropolitan Police have received a formal referral.

Maynard was considered a rising star in cricket and earned a place on the England Lions tour to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh earlier this year. Surrey CCC has described him as “an incredibly talented young batsman”. He had unlimited future potential, with expert predictions that he would follow in the footsteps of his father, Matthew, by earning full England honours.

Surrey CCC chairman Richard Thompson says their thoughts are with Maynard’s family and friends at this awful time. He was a prodigiously talented batsman who made a great start to his career and was destined for greater things. The impact he made in such a short time at the club spoke for itself. There’s a profound sense of loss at his passing, while losing anyone at such a young age is a totally senseless tragedy, he added.

Glamorgan County Cricket Club (Glamorgan CCC), where Maynard spent the early part of his career, says they are very saddened to hear of the death of Maynard. Their thoughts are with his family at this hard time. Most of their coaching and playing staff were close to him and are understandably still trying to come to terms with the sad news, it added.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke said this is a sad day for everyone involved in the Surrey CCC and for Glamorgan CCC. Maynard had enormous potential and already represented England Lions, with an exciting future in front of him. Their hearts go out to his family for their tragic loss, and they send them, as well as all his friends and colleagues, their deepest sympathies.

Surrey CCC had been due to play the Hampshire Royals at the Kia Oval tomorrow, but this match has been delayed. On top of this, England cancelled its press conference at the Oval before the one-day international with the West Indies today.

 

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