Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Cricket world mourns Maynard loss

The hearse carrying the coffin of Tom Maynard leaves Llandaff Cathedral
Kevin Pietersen was among the cricketing figures at Tom Maynard's funeral

The cricketing world has paid its respects to Tom Maynard at his funeral in his home city.

The 23-year-old Surrey batsman died last month after being hit by a London Underground train, and a congregation of around 900 attended his funeral at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

Alongside Maynard's father Matthew, mother Sue and sister Ceri were cricketing figures including England cricket captain Andrew Strauss, Andrew Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Mike Gatting, Alec Stewart and Kevin Pietersen.

Strauss said: "I first saw Tom when he was a teenager when Matthew was batting coach of England.

"He had grown up so well since then and was forging a name for himself in the game of cricket.

"I suppose that's part of what makes it so tragic he is no longer with us."

The England and Wales Cricket Board was represented by managing director Hugh Morris and chief executive David Collier, with former Glamorgan captain Morris delivering a glowing eulogy to a player who was tipped to represent his country in the near future.

Morris said: "The presence of so many members of the cricket community tells me Tom was not only a player blessed with extraordinary talent, but somebody whose sense of fun and enjoyment made him a hugely popular figure within our game.

"No one will feel a greater sense of loss today than Matt, Sue, Ceri and family, and I know that many of you within the wider cricketing family will feel you have lost a treasured friend and team-mate; someone who enlivened the dressing room or lit up any social occasion with warmth and good humour."

He added: "What saddens me so much is that we have not only lost a hugely popular and colourful character, but one of our most exciting and explosive young batsmen."

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