Surrey batsman Tom Maynard dies after being hit by train
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Surrey batsman Tom Maynard dies after being hit by train

London : United Kingdom | Jun 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM PDT
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Tom Maynard excited by 'step into the unknown'

Surrey batsman Tom Maynard was found dead near Wimbledon Park Station. It is reported that Maynard died after being hit by a train early this morning. He was the son of former English Batsman Matthew Maynard.

According to the police, Maynard was trying to escape from them in his black Mercedes C250. The officers tried to pull over his car due to reckless and speedy driving, but he did not stop. The police chased the car but were unable to locate him. It was only after an hour, when they identified a dead man, fitting his description on tracks near the Wimbledon Park Station.

According to the Metropolitan police spokesman, “At approx 4.15am 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 approx 5.10am the body of a man fitting the same description was found on tracks near Wimbledon Park station."

Ambulance was called immediately after the body was found, but the medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Surrey country club was deeply saddened at the demise of their favorite player. Chairman Richard Thompson said, “Our thoughts at this awful time are with Tom’s family and friends and all those that were close to him. Tom Maynard was a prodigiously talented young batsman who had made an incredible start to his career and was clearly destined for far greater things. To lose anybody at such a young age is an utterly senseless tragedy.”

Fellow sports star and colleagues also shared their condolences with Maynard’s family. His team mates insisted that the team would never be the same without him.

Tom Maynard was an enthusiastic middle order player and the next best choice for England’s international team. He was viewed as a potential big hitter for England in the impending 2015 world cup. He wished to join England’s international cricket team just like his father. He was also convinced to bring more fame and honor through his cricket than his father did.

Tom made his first class debut in 2007. In 2011, he joined Surrey and impressed the selectors by scoring a maiden first class century in Cardiff. The void his death has created will be hard to cover.

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