Cricket star Tom Maynard will be laid to rest at a funeral service in Wales today.

The 23-year-old former Glamorgan and Surrey batsman died last month after being hit by a London Underground train.

Hundreds of people are expected to pay their respects at the service in Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff.

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Tom Maynard died aged just 23


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.

He was pronounced dead on June 18 after being struck by a tube train in Wimbledon, south London.

Last week Maynard's family paid an emotional thank-you to well-wishers.

A spokesman 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."

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

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  • Sussex v Surrey - LV County Championship

    HORSHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Tom Maynard of Surrey walks off after his dismissal during day 4 of the LV= County Championship match between Sussex and Surrey at Horsham Cricket Club on June 9, 2012 in Horsham, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Surrey v Warwickshire - LV County Championship

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Tom Maynard of Surrey picks up some runs during day two of the LV County Championship division one match between Surrey and Warwickshire at The Kia Oval on May 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

  • Surrey v Somerset - Clydesdale Bank Pro40

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Tom Maynard of Surrey in action during the Clydesdale Bank Pro40 match between Surrey and Somerset at The Kia Oval on May 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

  • Surrey CCC Photocall

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Tom Maynard of Surrey poses for a pictures during the Surrey CCC photocall at The Kia Oval on March 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • ECB England Performance Programme Training and Portraits

    LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Tom Maynard of England in action during an ECB England Performance Programme Training and Portraits session at the National Cricket Performance Centre on November 17, 2011 in Loughborough, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

  • ECB England Performance Programme Training and Portraits

    LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Tom Maynard of England in action during an ECB England Performance Programme Training and Portraits session at the National Cricket Performance Centre on November 17, 2011 in Loughborough, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

  • Surrey v Sussex - Clydesdale Bank 40 Semi Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Tom Maynard of Surrey hits out during the Clydesdale Bank 40 Semi Final match between Surrey and Sussex at The Kia Oval on September 4, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Surrey v Kent - Friends Life T20

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Tom Maynard of Surrey hits out during the Friends Life T20 match between Surrey and Kent at The Kia Oval on July 14, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Tom Maynard death

    File photo dated 9/5/2012 of Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard who has died after he was hit by a District Line train on the London Underground in the early hours of this morning, sources said.