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Inquest rules Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard's death in June last year was accidental

Tom Maynard: "So very many people thought the world of him"

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An inquest has returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of cricketer Tom Maynard.

A London hearing was told the Surrey batsman was nearly four times the drink drive limit and had cocaine and ecstasy in his system when he fled police who had stopped his car in June last year.

The 23-year-old, who had spent the evening with friends in Wandsworth, was found on the District Line tracks and had been electrocuted and struck by a train.

Maynard's family released a statement acknowledging "he made choices that tragically cost him his life" but insisted he should not be judged on the findings of the inquest.

The statement read: "The results of the inquest do not define our son. The fact that so very many people thought the world of him is what defines him as a person.

"The only people who would judge Tom on the findings of the inquest are people who didn't know him.

"He made choices that night that tragically cost him his life but his devastated family and friends will love and miss him unconditionally, always.

"He was a very special person and his death leaves a huge hole in all our lives."

A statement issued by Professional Cricketers' Association chief executive Angus Porter added: "Amongst the headlines which will inevitably be generated by the inquest findings, consideration must now be given to the Maynard family who are experiencing a further wave of tragedy.

"We must all now move forward and remember Tom as a tremendously talented young man who had so much to look forward to. We must focus on building a positive legacy in his memory."