Tom Maynard: Ball at the Oval for Millfield scholarship

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Two school friends of the Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard are to stage a star-studded ball in his memory with the proceeds going to budding sports people.

Brothers Adam and Darren Clayton were at Somerset's Millfield School with Cardiff-born Maynard.

They hope the Tom Maynard Ball will raise £60,000 for a scholarship to the independent school.

Maynard, 23, was hit by a London Underground train in June last year.

Figures from the sporting world who have already bought a ticket to the event on 8 May at the Oval, include England rugby captain Chris Robshaw, Wales rugby legend Gareth Edwards, former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss, Surrey and England batsman Kevin Pietersen and former boxing world champion Barry McGuigan.

The money from the ball will be donated to The Tom Maynard Trust, with the specific aim of creating a scholarship to Millfield School.

The trust supports aspiring but disadvantaged cricketers and other sports men and women.

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We want to give someone else the opportunity to become a professional sports person, and through a scholarship the opportunity to attend Millfield School”

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Adam Clayton, who is a former professional rugby player with the Cornish Pirates, said: "Darren and I were good friends with Tom and went to school with him at Millfield where we played rugby and cricket together.

"We want to give someone else the opportunity to become a professional sports person and, through a scholarship, the opportunity to attend Millfield School.

"At the same time it's a way of keeping Tom's name alive.

"Tom was a larger than life character and was always great to be around.

'Determined'

"He was a natural sportsman and so talented. When he went onto the field he was determined to do his utmost."

Mr Clayton, who recently retired from rugby through injury, said Maynard's family supported the ball.

More than 1,000 mourners attended Maynard's funeral at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff last July.

His death, which is not being treated as suspicious, was announced a day after he played for his county in the t20 game against Kent.

He had previously played for Glamorgan.

An inquest into Maynard's death is due to be held in London on 26 February.

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