The family of cricket star Tom Maynard have paid an emotional thank-you to well-wishers ahead of his funeral.

Former Glamorgan and Surrey batsman Mr Maynard died earlier this month after being hit by a London Underground train.

He is to be laid to rest in his home town of Cardiff - with hundreds expected to turn out to pay their last respects.

His family said they were still reeling from the tragedy, but have gained comfort in the messages of support they have received.

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Tom Maynard died aged just 23


A spokesman for the Maynard family said: "Matthew, Sue and Ceri would like to reiterate their thanks to everyone for the many hundreds of cards, letters, emails and messages they have received following the tragic death of their son Tom.

"The level of support has been of real comfort to them."

Mr Maynard - the son of former Glamorgan cricket legend Matthew Maynard - was regarded by many as one of the sport's bright prospects.

In 2007, on his Glamorgan First XI debut he hit 71 runs from 75 balls - and was later snapped up by Surrey.

But on June 18, he was pronounced dead after being struck by a London Underground train in Wimbledon.

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

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has since referred the case surrounding Mr Maynard to Scotland Yard.

The Metropolitan Police initially said a man matching his description ran away after a car being driven "erratically" was stopped about 50 minutes earlier.

The IPCC referred it back to the Met because pursuing officers had lost sight of the man.

But while investigations continue, his loved ones are said to be concentrating on paying their last respects to Mr Maynard.

His funeral will take place at noon on Wednesday, July 4 at Llandaff Cathedral.

It will be followed by a gathering for family and friends at Pentyrch Rugby Club - with those attending encouraged to bring their personal photographs of Mr Maynard to contribute to a photo montage the family would like to put together.

The spokesman added: "This continues to be an incredibly difficult time for Matthew, Sue, Ceri and other members of the family, but they would again like people to know just how grateful they are for the many kind comments and tributes being paid to their beloved Tom."

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