We had the privilege of interviewing Tom a couple of months ago. He was upbeat and looking forward to the season. We had interviewed his close friend, and ex housemate, the Glamorgan opener Gareth Rees a few weeks previously. The banter was flying between the two, not only on this site, but for the next few days over Twitter. Banter that only happens between close friends. He was enjoying London life, having moved from Wales a couple of years ago, and had everything going for him - the looks, the talent, and everything a man in his early twenties would want to have.
Liam, my colleague here at The Middle Stump had the privilege of touring with Tom in Welsh representative cricket from the age of twelve, and it was obvious to all and sundry then, that he was a huge talent, and could go even further than his father Matthew, some accolade indeed when you consider he represented England.
We were also lucky enough to speak less than a month ago with Matthew, a lovely man who gave up his time for nothing for us, and to help promote the charity Factor 50. We discussed Tom for a while over the phone, and you could sense the pride he had with the way Tom was playing, and emerging as a genuine international contender. Only the very inner circle will know how Matthew and the rest of the Maynard family are feeling tonight, and our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Although only young, Tom was a man of principle and moved to Surrey when his position at Glamorgan became untenable, with Matthew having left the club. Admirable traits in a young man. He also was renowned for his upright stance at the crease, and some hard hitting displays in Surrey's middle order, were eye catching, and even our good selves at The Middle Stump had tipped him to be the leading run scorer this season in the Liverpool Victoria County Championship Division One. Players like Tom would put bums on seats, and his quick scoring style, with shots all around the wicket were an absolute pleasure to watch.
Ex Glamorgan opener and now Sunday Telegraph cricket columnist Steve James tweeted today, " The lovely kid who was always in our Glamorgan dressing room grew into a man who would have played for England. How can he be gone so soon?" We spoke to Steve a few weeks ago to discuss the problems at Glamorgan, especially with the run scoring. He informed us that it was "a huge shame, they had lost Tom Maynard". I think the whole cricketing world feels like that today, not just Glamorgan.
The whole cricketing world is in shock. Tom had only appeared on Cricket AM on Saturday morning on Sky TV, and was fresh in the minds of many people I have spoken to today. The team mates at Surrey will take a while to get over this, with Jade Dernbach having already been released from the England one day side on compassionate grounds. This is their third loss of a player in the last fifteen years with Graham Kersey and Ben Hollioake, being employees of theirs at the time of their premature deaths. His many friends down in South Wales will also be grieving, and our thoughts are with you both in Surrey and in South Wales.
The cricketing world has lost today wherever you are, and whoever you support. Life is very short, and those like Tom burned brightly maximising his twenty three years, and enriched those who came into contact with him.
Nos da Tom, as they say in Wales, and thank you for the wonderful memories. May you rest in peace.