A County Championship match between Surrey and Middlesex at The Oval has been abandoned as a crossbow was fired across the field during play, which landed very close to umpires and players.
The crossbow had a metal tip, landing very close to Rory Burns. The players then alerted the umpires, who then thought it would be wise to leave the field. The bow, which is about 18 inches tall is believed to be fired from outside the ground and due to that, the police were seen urging the fans to take under cover.
Metropolitan in a statement said, “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.”
The match was anyway headed towards a draw as Middlesex stretched their second innings lead to over 180. This incident meant that the match was called off and the match ended in a draw.
Here’s what Middlesex tweeted:
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
Recently, an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka was halted after the crowd threw bottles onto the ground, showing displeasure over the performances of the home team. The match resumed only after the police brought the situation under control. The match had stopped when India were just 8 runs away from a win.