There was never any doubt that Tom Maynard – born just nine months after his father’s Test Match debut – would, one day, be a professional cricketer. From a very early age, the youngster was part of the furniture at Glamorgan Cricket, joining his father in the changing rooms or out in the nets at the Sophia Gardens ground, almost intuitively learning what to do with the bat in his hand.
Born with the same competitive and winning instincts as his illustrious father, Tom showed enormous potential as a batsman for junior Welsh and English sides. His earliest innings for Glamorgan also showed a potent mix of cavalier strokeplay, charisma and enormous flair. On his maiden innings for the Daffodil county, in a one-day match against Gloucestershire at Colwyn Bay in 2007, it looked for a while as if young Tom would emulate his father’s achievement of scoring a century on his debut for the Welsh county, but Tom was dismissed for 71.
Two years later, Tom’s first hundred for Glamorgan came at the same ground in the List A game against Northamptonshire, with the young tyro racing to his hundred with a volley of firmly-struck boundaries, reaching three figures from just 57 balls – one less than his father’s best-ever effort for the Welsh county, leaving Matthew bereft for once of the bragging rights!
Tom added another century for Glamorgan in 2010, against Lancashire at Old Trafford in the Pro40, before joining Surrey the following year and amassing over 1,000 first-class runs as the South London club gained promotion into Division One of the Championship, besides playing a key role in Surrey’s success in the Clydesdale Bank40, with his forthright efforts in the middle-order helping to bring silverware to his new club.
These performances for Glamorgan and Surrey, brought him to the attention of the England selectors and after a spell with the England Performance Programme squad, he toured Bangladesh with the England Lions. Some felt that Tom was a better player at the same age as his illustrious father but tragically, Tom never stepped up to the international arena, nor wore an England cap with his death, aged just 23, in the Wimbledon area during the early hours of 18th June 2012 robbing the game, as a whole, of one of its most brightest young talents.
MAYNARD, Thomas Lloyd
Born – Cardiff, 25th March 1989.
Died – South Wimbledon, 18th June 2012.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 98 v Worcestershire at Colwyn Bay, 2010.
In List A cricket – 108 v Northamptonshire at Colwyn Bay, 2009.
In T20 cricket – 78* v Surrey at The Oval, 2010.