Cricket in England witnessed a bizarre end to a match when an arrow was shot on the ground. It happened in the County Championship match between Surrey and Middlesex at the Kennington Oval in London. While the game was on, an arrow was shot on the ground that fell only a few yards away from a cricketer.
Panic set amongst the cricketers who left the field and the match was abandoned. Over a thousand spectators were asked to leave the ground as well. Following the unfortunate incident, the police were indulged in the investigation.
On September 2, they were able to arrest the 35-year-old culprit who shot the arrow. He was taken to a South London Police station. Later, he was bailed but will be subjected to further inquiries at the end of the month. The detectives from Lambeth are in search of the footage to validate the arrest.
“There were significant crowds watching the match and it is likely that a number of those present will have footage of the incident that could assist in our investigation. Although nobody was injured, this was a reckless action taken with no regard for the safety and well-being of the spectators or the players. It is important that we trace those responsible and I urge anyone who has footage of the incident to get in touch as soon as possible,” said DC Dominic Landragin, as per reports in The Guardian.
The arrow that was shot measured between 12 and 18 inches and was supposedly launched from outside the ground. It was a dangerous weapon that could have caused serious injuries to the players. Rory Burns, who was fielding near the pitch, was close to the region where the arrow landed. Surrey’s skipper Gareth Batty used the term ‘tasty’ to describe the arrow.
“It was a pretty tasty arrow with a proper metal end,” said Gareth Batty.