Pitch Invader Arrested after collision on Field
Following an incident at the Kia Oval where a spectator collided with Jonny Bairstow on the pitch, a man was arrested on suspicion of assault.
A spectator dressed in whites ran onto the pitch during the morning session of the fourth Test between England and India and attempted to bowl a delivery at England batter Ollie Pope. As a result, the spectator collided with Bairstow, the non-striking batter. Stewards then removed him from the playing area after they appeared to exchange angry words.
Daniel Jarvis, also known as Jarvo 69, is believed to be the audience member. His Youtube channel has 123,000 subscribers. Jarvis had run onto the pitch for the third time in the series. While it is believed that the club involved simply ejected him from the ground on at least one previous occasion, stewards at The Kia Oval held him until police arrived to make his arrest. His arrival was met with groans and boos from a sold-out crowd who had come to watch an exciting day of cricket.
Surrey is said to be disappointed that anyone was able to enter the playing field and is investigating the incident.
The players and their representatives may also be concerned. Jarvis has been able to reach the pitch and make contact with the players in both of the last two games. While there is no evidence that his motivations were anything more than a desire for attention, others with far more nefarious motives may have noticed how easily he was able to approach the players.
Metropolitan Police Statement
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Following an incident at the Oval Cricket Ground on Friday, September 3rd, a man was arrested on suspicion of assault. He is still being held at a police station in south London.”
Pope, who was England’s leading scorer in the first innings, admitted that the interruption had thrown him off.