Batty recalls Maynard emotion
Gareth Batty has revealed the depths of emotion and despair which engulfed the Surrey dressing room after the death of batsman Tom Maynard at the age of 23 last June.
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But the spinner, who took over as acting captain from Maynard's close friend Rory Hamilton-Brown, also hopes the inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court on Tuesday will finally bring "closure" for friends and family.
Maynard, the son of former England batsman Matthew Maynard, was stopped by police on suspicion of drink-driving near Wimbledon Park underground station at 4am on June 18.
Later that day the ex-Glamorgan player was found electrocuted after stepping on a live rail before being struck by a tube train on the District Line.
Hamilton-Brown, who has since rejoined Sussex, and Surrey's England paceman, Jade Dernbach, have been called as witnesses by the inquest.
Former England player Batty said: "It's a cloud that has been hanging over, because they said they were going to be doing the inquest, so I don't suppose there was final closure for people.
"In some respects it drags a lot of bad memories up but also good memories as well because we don't want to forget Tom.
"But it is for a lot of people a final bit of closure so it can be finally goodbye and we can remember him as we want to - as a wonderful young man."
Batty admits the Surrey dressing room found it hard to cope and deal with Maynard's death.
Wicketkeeper Steve Davies admitted earlier this month that he suffered from depression as a result of events last season.
Batty said: "I've never witnessed anything like it in my career. It was absolutely horrendous. It almost makes cricket secondary to everything else which is going on.
"The game took our mind off the horrible events and if you could put a smile on your face, being out there playing cricket, knowing Tom loved it, was a bit of comfort to people at times.
"But I've never witnessed half the team coming in and on a daily basis there would be people in tears in the corner. It was not a pleasant situation by any stretch."
Batty added: "The club were great, doing their best to offer people support and comfort but, in the immediate aftermath of Tom's death, it was so difficult to try and look after everyone.
"The players were badly affected but also people around the club. It was difficult for everyone to get back on track and deal with it in the right way.
"Everyone at the club was trying to help everyone out. As it turned out, we came through quite strong and it's a credit to people at the club and a credit to what they thought of Tom.
"That was the only reason we managed to do what we did. Tom loved life. He was a brilliant guy and there wouldn't be anyone at the club who wouldn't have had some sort of memory of Tom."
Batty will accompany Dernbach, who has just returned from England's tour of New Zealand, to the inquest.
He said: "I've spoken to Jade quite a bit and am going with him (on Tuesday) to give him support.
"I can only imagine what those guys (Dernbach and Hamilton-Brown) are thinking and going through.
"It is dredging up a lot of memories at a time to an extent when people want to forget. You never want to forget Tom but the horrible circumstances, you want to forget.
"As a club and a bunch of fellows, we've just said we remember him as we do and that is as a brilliant kid, who loved all about life.
"Whatever trick was thrown at him, he just got amongst it whether it was hard fitness sessions or smashing 150 all over the park. He just loved doing it and wholeheartedly went for it.
"He can be one of the only fellows looking down from above thinking there's probably not a bloke on the planet that didn't think the world of him and that's huge credit to his family."