Tom Maynard admitted he had mixed emotions about scoring his maiden first-class century against his old club, Glamorgan.
His 123 helped Surrey declare their first innings on 575 for seven at the Swalec Stadium to put them in a winning position.
“I was thrilled to get my first century at such a fantastic place,” said Maynard. ”But it was a tough innings to be playing against the boys I have grown up with and remain close friends with.”
“I had to blank out that fact and stay focused on the job in hand.”
Maynard, who achieved the feat in front of his father, Matthew, Glamorgan’s former director of cricket, went to the milestone from 190 balls with 10 fours and a six.
“I was very determined and probably the most patient I have ever been,” he said. ”I was just really happy to get to the three figures.”
Maynard refused to suggest that the century made a point to the Glamorgan hierarchy, who were the reason the 22-year-old quit the club in December following the departure of his dad. “The main thing was to see my family here and to have them watching me get my first century was amazing,” he said.
“That hundred was for them and nobody else. It is a happy family moment.”
Maynard’s father also expressed his pride, but wished the innings was for Glamorgan. “It was very tough for Tom coming back after everything that happened,” said Maynard Snr.
“There is a lot that has happened over the winter and a lot of emotions throughout this game. It was a shame Tom did not do it wearing a daffodil but those things have happened and we have to move forward.
“He is wearing the Surrey colours now and he will be dedicated to their cause.”