WTF?! This is just mind-blowing......
Crossbow bolt fired at the Oval ‘could very easily have killed someone’
• Play abandoned in Championship game between Surrey and Middlesex
• ‘If it had hit someone it would have caused some serious damage’
"The usually serene world of County Championship cricket was jolted on Thursday when Surrey’s match with Middlesex at the Oval was abandoned because a crossbow bolt was fired on to the field of play.
The arrow, which measured around 12 to 18 inches, is thought to have been fired from outside the ground and landed within feet of the players. No one was injured but the Surrey chief executive, Richard Gould, said “it could very easily have killed someone”.
At 4.20pm with the match meandering to a draw on the final day (of four), the projectile (which was red and yellow in colour) landed about 10 metres from the pitch, and close to the Surrey fielder, Rory Burns. It had a pointed metal tip. The umpires swiftly took the concerned players from the field and spectators were encouraged to take cover inside.
Police were onsite within 15 minutes and the armed response team joined soon after, before a controlled evacuation of the ground took place. By 6pm, the players – who had given statements to police – were leaving the ground, with a draw declared.
It is unknown where exactly it was fired from – the area of south London around the Oval is particularly densely built up – but police investigations focused on the area north-east of the ground, because of the direction it landed in. While players said they heard the whistling sound of it flying in, the Middlesex batsman Nick Compton pointed towards the OCS Stand at the Vauxhall End of the ground, suggesting it had flown over the stand. There was some suggestion that further noises – perhaps the rattle of another projectile hitting the stand – were heard at that end of the ground."
Full Story (and video): - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/ ... oval-pitch
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