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LONDON – Play was abandoned and fans were evacuated during a County Championship cricket match at The Oval on Thursday after a metal arrow was fired onto the pitch.
The game between Surrey and Middlesex was brought to a halt at 4.25 p.m. local time (BST) as a “projectile” landed close to where players were positioned, according to organisers. It was later abandoned with the game ending in a draw.
Middlesex described the projectile as a “crossbow bolt.” It tweeted a picture of a match official holding the arrow:
Play suspended at the Oval on advice of security. Players have left the field after a crossbow bolt landed on the square….. pic.twitter.com/V5fJADvuKK
— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) August 31, 2017
The item was brought to the attention of umpires who informed players to leave the field.
Surrey cricketer Stuart Meaker said:
Well…we have just officially gone off the field because a metal tipped arrow just landed on the pitch!! ????
— Stuart Meaker (@SMeaker18) August 31, 2017
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Officers are on scene. The ground is in the process of a controlled evacuation.
“There are no reported injuries. At this early stage it is believed that the object came from outside of the ground. There have been no arrests. We retain an open mind as to motive. Enquiries continue.”