Everyone associated with Surrey cricket in any way cannot help but have been devastated at the sad news of Tom Maynard’s passing earlier today, aged 23. Yates freely admits that he cried on and off for most of the afternoon, and there may still be more tears to come.
Many things struck Yates about Tom – his sense of honour, leaving Glamorgan after the removal of his father Matthew from his coaching role; his ability to belt the bad ball and many good balls to the boundary and his awesome power off the back foot. Yates had the pleasure of seeing a couple of his innings this season and marvelled at just how hard he could hit the ball.
To see Tom take guard at the crease was to see someone ready for battle. Every shot he played had intent. Yates is certain that had Tom not been taken from us, he would have played for England and become a Surrey legend.
Yates feels for Tom’s parents, Matthew and Sue. Parents shouldn’t outlive their children and my thoughts are with them and with everyone at Surrey and Glamorgan CCC. As mentioned on Twitter, this is the third such bereavement Surrey has suffered in the last fifteen years.
Please take time to read these other excellent pieces about Tom:
Rest in peace Tom.