Surrey vs. Middlesex Suspended After Arrow Is Fired onto Pitch Near Players


Play between Surrey and Middlesex was suspended as players were told to go inside, before the game was later abandoned. "There are no reported injuries", Metropolitan Police was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Play has been suspended in the County Championship clash between Surrey and Middlesex after a "projectile" was sacked into the ground, in Kennington, south London, from outside, according to the competition's official Twitter feed.

A statement said: "Police were made aware at 16:35hrs on Thursday, 31 August of reports that an arrow or crossbow bolt had been loosed into the Oval Cricket ground".

People tweeted there were armed police at the scene.

A cricket match at The Oval was halted this afternoon after a missile which looked like a crossbow bolt was thrown onto the outfield.

Nobody was hurt, but the game at the Oval ground between Surrey and Middlesex was abandoned as police evacuated the stadium.

A "metal tipped" arrow was sacked onto the field of play during a professional English cricket game in London, British police said Thursday. The umpires, who were alerted of this foreign object by the players, quickly ushered them back to the dressing rooms.

The incident led to both teams being taken off the pitch, and a controlled evacuation taking place in the stands with supporters told to "take cover".

Officials chose to abandon the match, with the result being called as a draw. We retain an open mind as to motive.