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Match abandoned after arrow fired onto field

Match abandoned after arrow fired onto field

Surrey's County Championship match against Middlesex at the Oval in south London has been abandoned in extraordinary circumstances at around 4.25pm on the final day as a metal arrow was sacked on to the field of play, landing near players and umpires.

Cricket players were urged to leave the pitch after a crossbow bolt was sacked into the ground. Another spectator claimed officers told him they believed two arrows were fired into the grounds but police have yet to confirm this.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "Officers are on scene". We retain an open mind as to motive.

With the Division One encounter meandering towards a stalemate in the final session - Middlesex held a 181-run lead with three second-innings wickets in hand - it was chose to bring an early end to proceedings.

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

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

Former Australian Test batsman Adam Voges was playing in the match but was in the Middlesex rooms at the time.

Oval cricket ground evacuated and Surrey's match with Middlesex suspended after ARROW is fired onto pitch

The item was brought to the attention of umpires who informed players to leave the field.

A Surrey spokesman told the Press Association all fans had to take cover on the concourse.

He said: "One of them picked up object, which have been shown to be an arrow".

Players alerted the umpires and play was suspended.

"We do not know if it was sacked deliberately or if it just landed on our green space".

Surrey CCC chief executive Richard Gould praised The Oval's security staff and the umpires for their quick response to the incident. "They were definite it was from outside the stand".

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