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Tributes flow as Maynard is laid to rest

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ECB managing director Hugh Morris said the game had lost an "extraordinary talent" as Tom Maynard was laid to rest in his home city of Cardiff.

The 23-year-old Surrey batsman died on June 18 after being hit by a London Underground train, and a congregation of around 900 attended his funeral at Llandaff Cathedral on Wednesday.

Alongside Maynard's father Matthew, mother Sue and sister Ceri were figures from the sporting world including England captain Andrew Strauss and former internationals Andrew Flintoff, Marcus Trescothick, Paul Collingwood, Mike Gatting and Alec Stewart.

Wales rugby legend Gareth Edwards was also in attendance, as was England international Danny Cipriani, while Maynard's Surrey team-mates, with Kevin Pietersen among them, and former Glamorgan colleagues also paid their respects.

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."

Along with managing director Morris, the ECB were also represented by 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.

He added: "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.

"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.

"A player who could make the game look deceptively easy, a player who was surely destined for the highest reaches of the game, and a player, whose authority and elegance at the crease reminded so many of his father."

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Mark Wallace gave the final tribute at the funeral. As Glamorgan's captain, he claimed that Maynard's heart was in Wales and he would have eventually returned to play for Glamorgan again. "He had such an insatiable appetite for life," Wallace said.

Maynard had been "like a little brother to him". Yet he had "a natural presence" because he was so confident. "He was a larrikin and a maverick at times," Wallace added about Maynard, who had moved to Surrey for the 2011 season after his father had been fired as Glamorgan's coach. "He loved it when we called him that."

"I'll always remember him as the lad who made us laugh more than anyone else I've met," Wallace said, "I just wish he hadn't made us cry."

England fly-half Danny Cipriani had his own tribute to Tom Maynard tattooed to his shoulder and posted a picture via Twitter. The tattoo is 'TLM', standing for Tom Lloyd Maynard.

Cipriani added on his Twitter account: 'Tom Maynard, gone but never forgotten'.

A montage of photographs had been set up at the funeral, and Surrey's players also claimed Maynard as their own, as they sang their team-song.

An inquest into Maynard's death has been opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner's Court - with Dr Shirley Radcliffe saying "extensive investigations" were continuing.

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