County cricket match abandoned as 'crossbow bolt' lands on field

County cricket match abandoned as 'crossbow bolt' lands on field

County cricket match abandoned as 'crossbow bolt' lands on field

Surrey player Stuart Meaker wrote on Twitter: "Well. we have just officially gone off the field because a metal tipped arrow just landed on the pitch".

A "metal tipped" arrow was sacked onto the field of play during a professional English cricket game in London, British police said Thursday.

The Metropolitan Police believe the bolt was sacked from outside the ground, though they are unsure as to whether the bolt was sacked deliberately or whether it was targeted at The Oval.

Metropolitan Police issued a statement on Thursday evening which confirmed that no injuries had been suffered and that officers were investigating the incident.

Police said they were keeping an "open mind" as to motive. The police arrived very swiftly and the umpires did a very good job in removing the players from the pitch very, very quickly.

Stunned witnesses told how they saw top players from Surrey and Middlesex flee in horror when the metal arrow landed on the pitch as the game was being played.

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David Schofield, from London, said he had been told by three armed officers that it is believed two arrows were fired into the grounds.

The Guardian reports it landed close to Surrey fielder Ollie Pope.

The match was stopped after the first ball of the 69th over with Middlesex 214 for seven in their second innings. It was later abandoned with the game ending in a draw. It is the sort of thing that could easily have been fired some distance from outside the ground if it came from a crossbow. The players were off the field after the incident with many running towards the dressing room.

"The threat of a crossbow bolt is not something that has ever been faced for as long as I can remember".

Middlesex County Cricket Club tweeted: "Play suspended at the Oval on advice of security".

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