On Thursday, the county match between Surrey and Middlesex was stopped by the match officials when crossbow bolt had landed on the pitch during the match.
Stuart Meaker, who was playing the match, tweeted, “Well…we have just officially gone off the field because a metal tipped arrow just landed on the pitch!!”
Well…we have just officially gone off the field because a metal tipped arrow just landed on the pitch!! 👀
— Stuart Meaker (@SMeaker18) August 31, 2017
During the 69th over of the innings, an object was handed over to the umpires which appeared to be an arrow. The players were asked to go off the field after the incident with many running towards the dressing room.
As per the reports in ESPNcricinfo, Metropolitan Police said, “Police were made aware at 16:35hrs on Thursday, 31 August of reports that an arrow or crossbow bolt had been loosed into the Oval Cricket ground. Officers are on scene. The ground is in the process of a controlled evacuation. There are no reported injuries.”
They also added, “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.”