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Last Updated: Monday, 11 June 2007, 09:16 GMT 10:16 UK
Maynard rues bitter-sweet debut
Tom Maynard
Maynard looks to be following in his father's illustrious footsteps
Teenager Tom Maynard said he had mixed feelings despite a stunning batting display on his Glamorgan debut at Colwyn Bay on Sunday.

The 18-year-old, son of ex-Glamorgan batsman Matthew, top scored with 71 runs off 75 balls in the narrow Friends Provident loss to Gloucestershire.

"I was disappointed to leave it like that, it would've been nice to get a ton and see the side through," he said.

"It was fantastic experience, I loved it - apart from losing of course."

Maynard has impressed for the Wales Minor Counties side this summer, scoring 77 off just 62 balls in his last outing in a one wicket win over Dorset in a MCC Trophy match.

With a crippling injury list and no hope of qualifying for the knock-out stages, Glamorgan felt Sunday's match at the small Colwyn Bay ground was the ideal time to give Maynard his first taste of county cricket.

I suppose from watching him playing I've picked up a few things off him, but I don't try to bat like him

Tom Maynard on his father's influence

Fellow academy graduate James Harris, 17, has already stolen the headlines with some superb displays this season, and Maynard proved he too can handle the step up in class.

"I was very nervous," he told BBC Wales Sport. "I'd been thinking about it ever since I got the call to say I'd been selected.

"But nerves are sometimes good and they help you get through. It worked well in the end.

"It was definitely a step up. It was a good deck and a fast outfield, it all works in a batsman's favour.

"My family were her watching and I don't mind when they came to watch, it helps me through actually. It was nice to get some runs for my granddad because this is his home town.

"I was so pleased to get off the mark. There was a nice clap when I got off the mark which was reassuring."

Seven years ago to the day, Maynard Snr led Glamorgan out at Lord's in the B&H Cup Final against Gloucestershire, scoring 104 in the Dragons' seven-wicket defeat.

His swashbuckling approach made him a favourite among the Sophia Gardens in a record-breaking 20 year career, and his attacking style was easily recognisable as his son tore into the Gloucestershire attack.

"I suppose from watching him playing I've picked up a few things off him, but I don't try to bat like him," said Maynard Jnr.

"It was quite a small boundary so I'm sure some of the shots looked bigger than they actually were."

After such an impressive debut - and with Glamorgan's squad stretched to its limit with injury - Maynard's second appearance should not be long coming.

But such is the fate of a schoolboy protégé, he will miss Wednesday's final Friends Provident Trophy group match against Ireland in Belfast due to exams.

"Hopefully I'll get another chance," he said. "I've got a few exams coming up now but after I finish those hopefully I can go back and score some runs for the seconds and get myself back in the side."



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