Dimi tribute to Maynard after ‘tragic day’ for cricket

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Hampshire captain Dimi Mascarenhas said Tom Maynard ‘had the world at his feet’ following the young Surrey batsman’s tragic death.

Twenty-three-year-old Maynard died in the early hours of yesterday morning after being struck by a London Underground train.

The England Lions star, who came through the ranks at Glamorgan before moving to The Oval at start of last season, was considered a rising star in the game.

And Mascarenhas believes the son of former England Test player Matthew would have gone on to emulate his father’s achievements.

‘It’s been a tragic day for the Maynard family and all the people that knew Tom,’ said Mascarenhas.

‘It’s so sad and brings back some awful memories of when it happened to Ben (Hollioake) about 10 years ago.

‘My heart goes out to all his family and friends.

‘James (Vince) and Danny (Briggs) knew him the best because they played in the England Lions with him over the winter, and some of the guys had played against him as youngsters.

‘He was a very good player and had the world at his feet.

‘From where I stood, he was definitely going to play for England at some stage – it’s a real shame.’

Players from Hampshire and Middlesex observed a minute’s silence in memory of the Welshman before last night’s Friends Life t20 match at the Ageas Bowl.

And the Royals’ next fixture against Surrey at The Oval, scheduled for tomorrow evening, has been postponed.

‘Calling off tomorrow’s game was the right thing to do,’ added Mascarenhas.

‘We’re not sure what’s going to happen with that match, so we’ll just have to wait and see.’

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