Tributes have been paid from across the cricketing world after the tragic death yesterday of a former Somerset school pupil who was tipped to play for England.
Tom Maynard, who played for Surrey on Sunday night, was killed by a London Underground train in Wimbledon yesterday morning just after 5am.
Maynard was a star batsman at Millfield School, near Glastonbury, where he attended for five years.
The 23-year-old was widely tipped as a future England international and after he left school, he signed up for Glamorgan, the county for which his father Matthew Maynard famously played.
Millfield’s head of cricket, former England all-rounder Richard Ellison, spoke on behalf of the school in tribute to their former pupil, who left in 2007.
“Millfield is saddened by news of the death of former pupil Tom Maynard, professional cricketer for Surrey, at just 23,” Mr Ellison said in a statement yesterday.
“Tom attended Millfield from 2002 to 2007, impressing with his displays for the school’s first XI.
“After school he joined Glamorgan County Cricket Club before moving to Surrey in 2011. A promising young batsmen, Tom toured Bangladesh and Sri Lanka with the England Lions earlier this year.
“Our thoughts are with Tom’s family, friends and colleagues, and also with the teachers and coaches at the school who remember Tom,” he added.
Maynard signed for Surrey at the start of this year and had begun the season in good form. A police investigation into his death was underway last night but early reports appear to suggest that the cricketer was involved with the police in the minutes before his body was found.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan police said their officers had tried to pull over a black Mercedes, which was being driven ‘erratically’, in the area before his body was found on the railway tracks near Wimbledon Park station.
“At approx 4.15am on Monday, officers stopped a vehicle after it was seen being driven erratically in Arthur Road, SW19,” the spokesman said. “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.”
The force added that it was still trying to identify the deceased man and that the Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had been informed.
British Transport Police said: “The incident was reported to BTP at 5.03am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.
“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
London Ambulance Service medics were called but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Surrey County Cricket Club described the batsman as “incredibly talented”.
The club said: “He had impressed in all forms of the game, scoring a maiden first-class hundred in Cardiff last year, playing a key role in Surrey’s victory in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and earning selection for the England Lions.
“His future potential was unlimited, with experts both inside and outside the club predicting he would soon follow in the footsteps of his father Matthew by graduating to full England honours.
“As a mark of respect to Tom, Surrey’s Friends Life t20 game against the Hampshire Royals at the Kia Oval that was scheduled for this Wednesday has been postponed.”
Surrey chairman Richard Thompson said: “Tom Maynard was a prodigiously talented young batsman who had made an incredible start to his career and was clearly destined for greater things.”