Security alert halts play at The Oval after object fired onto the ground

A shot of Kia Oval during a day’s Championship cricket © Getty Images

Play has been suspended in the County Championship match between Surrey and Middlesex at The Oval after a projectile landed on the pitch.

The incident happened during the 69th and when the umpires were shown the object they then gestured for the players to go off and a number of them ran from the field, back to the changing rooms.

ESPNcricinfo’s reporter at the game, Vithushan Ehantharajah, said they were waiting on the balcony and have now have gone inside as per the request of security staff. The advice from police and security has been for people at the ground to move inside.

A statement from 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.

“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.”

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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