Match between Surrey, Middlesex suspended as crossbow bolt lands on pitch

Arrow at the Oval

Middlesex batsmen John Simpson and Nick Compton and Surrey's fielders were ushered inside by the umpires following the incident, with the Met Police saying no injuries had been reported. "It is believed that the object came from outside of the ground", they said.

Play between Surrey and Middlesex was suspended as players were told to go inside, before the game was later abandoned.

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

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

A controlled evacuation is underway at the Oval cricket ground, police have said, after what appears to be a crossbow bolt was found on the pitch.

Initial reports suggested a metal-tipped arrow, which landed on the playing surface as the match was ongoing, had been fired from outside the ground.

Batty was fielding about 25 yards from where the pink-coloured bolt, with red and yellow fletching, landed, and he said: "It was a pretty tasty arrow with a proper metal end". We retain an open mind as to motive.

Players alerted the umpires and play was suspended.

Police arrived at the scene soon after and along with the ground staff, also urged fans to take cover.

The match was later called off as a draw, although there was no prospect of either team claiming victory during the closing overs of the contest.

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