Oval cricket ground evacuated after crossbow bolt lands on pitch

Erica Murray
September 1, 2017

Armed police were called and the ground was eventually evacuated, with the match being marked as a draw.

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.

The players were then told by umpires to immediately leave the field, with many running to the changing rooms.

Surrey's security staff and the county's stewards began to search the ground and its immediate environs in a bid to find the culprit.

A spokesperson for Surrey County Cricket Club told CNN the "arrow landed between balls, a couple of pitches away from the players".

A statement from the Met Police said there had been no reported injuries and that the "arrow or crossbow bolt" had been fired "from outside the ground", landing on the square roughly 10 yards from the pitch.

"Officers are on scene". "It is believed that the object came from outside of the ground", they said. "The umpires took it out of the ground and took the players off".

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

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

The game between Surrey and Middlesex was suspended following Thursday's incident which sparked a controlled-evacuation at the stadium.

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