Oval cricket ground evacuated after crossbow bolt lands on pitch

County game suspended after arrow fired into 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 said: "Play suspended at Kia Oval after a "projectile" was sacked into the ground from outside".

A "metal tipped" arrow was sacked onto the field of play during a professional English cricket game in London, British police said Thursday.

The Oval cricket ground has been evacuated this afternoon after reports that a crossbow bolt had landed in the ground.

Play was abandoned and fans were evacuated during a County Championship cricket match at The Oval on Thursday after a metal arrow was sacked onto the pitch.

A spokesperson for Surrey County Cricket Club told CNN the "arrow landed between balls, a couple of pitches away from the players".

"The ground is in the process of a controlled evacuation".

Players alerted the officials, with the object coming close to Surrey's Ollie Pope.

Police said they were keeping an "open mind" as to motive.

Fans were evacuated from stands in the central London cricket ground, while players were ordered off the pitch.

The game itself was hardly eventful and was heading towards a draw with Middlesex stretching their second-innings lead past 180.

Anyone who has information about the incident should call officers from Lambeth by dialling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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