Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard dies after fleeing police

Tom Maynard

Batsman killed by tube train after police attempt to stop 'erratically'-driven Mercedes

LAST UPDATED AT 13:15 ON Mon 18 Jun 2012

SURREY cricketer Tom Maynard has died after being hit by a District Line train on the London Underground in the early hours of this morning.

The 23-year-old was killed shortly after he ran away from police officers who stopped his car, according to The Times.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “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.”

Surrey 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.

"The impact Tom made in such a short period of time for Surrey CCC spoke for itself. There is a profound sense of loss at the passing of Tom. To lose anybody at such a young age is an utterly senseless tragedy."

ECB Chairman Giles Clarke said: "This is a very sad day for everyone connected with Surrey County Cricket club and for Glamorgan County Cricket club where Tom spent the early part of his career. Tom was a player of enormous potential who had already represented England Lions and had an exciting future ahead of him."

The son of former Glamorgan and England batsman Matthew Maynard, Tom Maynard was widely tipped as an England star of the future. He played for Surrey against Kent on Sunday and had played for the English Lions on a tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the start of the year.

The player is the second young Surrey star to die in tragic circumstances in the past decade. In 2002 Surrey star Ben Hollioake died in an automobile accident in Australia aged 24. · 

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