County clash abandoned after arrow fired

County clash abandoned after arrow fired

Javier Howell
September 1, 2017

Armed police units were called in.

Cricket players were urged to leave the pitch after a crossbow bolt was sacked into the ground.

There were no reports of injuries.

Play was suspended at a County Championship cricket match at The Oval after a metal arrow was sacked onto the pitch.

Play between Surrey and Middlesex was suspended as players were told to go inside, before the game was later abandoned.

Initially, the cause of the match stopping was described online as "crowd trouble" - but police then confirmed that either an arrow or crossbow dart was launched at the field of play.

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Surrey team member Ollie Pope and few others informed the umpire and soon the players were ordered to step off the field.

Police evacuated the ground, with the umpires eventually abandoning the First Division fixture, which was deep into the final day of four, as a draw.

More than 1,000 fans were advised to take cover and evacuated from the central London cricket ground after the projectile fell to the ground.

A statement from Scotland Yard said: "At this early stage it is believed that the object came from outside of the ground".

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident and officers are "keeping an open mind" as to the motive withe enquiries continue, the spokesman added.

Officials chose to abandon the match, with the result being called as a draw.