Tom Maynard death: IPCC may review incident

Tom Maynard, the son of former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard, was one of the brightest prospects in English cricket

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The police watchdog is to consider investigating the death of Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard.

Maynard, 23, from Cardiff, died on Monday morning after being struck by a London Underground train.

The Metropolitan Police said a man matching his description ran away after a car being driven "erratically" was stopped shortly before.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmed it had been notified of the incident.

In a statement the IPCC said: "Once a formal referral has been received from the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) an assessment will take place regarding the level of IPCC involvement."

Tom Maynard appearing for Glamorgan in 2010

Maynard's death was announced a day after he played for his county in the t20 game against Kent.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "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."

'Not suspicious'

London Ambulance Service medics were called but Maynard was pronounced dead at the scene.

THOMAS LLOYD MAYNARD

  • Born in Cardiff 25 March 1989
  • Son of England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard
  • Attended Whitchurch High School, Cardiff, with fellow pupils Gareth Bale and Sam Warburton
  • First class debut for Glamorgan in August 2007 against Somerset, scoring 15 runs
  • Right-handed batsman, who scored 2,384 first class runs
  • He toured with the England Lions in 2011-12
  • Right-arm off-break bowler

British Transport Police (BTP) said the death was not being treated as suspicious, and added that a file would be prepared for the coroner.

Maynard, who came through the ranks at Glamorgan, was considered a rising star in the game and earned himself a place on the England Lions tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the start of this year.

He moved to The Oval at the start of last season following his father Matthew's departure from the Welsh county in 2010.

News of his death prompted tributes from within and beyond the world of cricket.

Surrey County Cricket Club described Maynard as "an incredibly talented young batsman".

'Senseless tragedy'

In a statement the club added: "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."

Chairman Richard Thompson said there was "a profound sense of loss" after the "utterly senseless tragedy".

Giles Clarke, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said Maynard had "an exciting future ahead of him" and described his death as a "tragic loss".

In a statement, Maynard's former club Glamorgan said most of its playing and coaching staff had been close friends with him and were still trying to come to terms with the news.

Gwyn Morris, Head of PE at Whitchurch High School, Cardiff, which Maynard attended in the same year as Wales footballer Gareth Bale and rugby skipper Sam Warburton, said he was "devastated" at his death.

Surrey's Friends Life t20 game against the Hampshire Royals at the Kia Oval on Wednesday has been postponed.

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