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This cricket announcer's play-by-play of a crossbow arrow landing on the field is the most delightfully British thing

In what is possibly the most British incident of all time, two very confused cricket teams were forced to end their match Thursday after a crossbow arrow landed in their field, The Independent reports.

No one was hurt in the incident, although the championship match between Middlesex and Surrey at the Oval in London was declared a draw after police arrived onsite to investigate. The bolt was apparently fired from somewhere outside the stadium. "It was a pretty tasty arrow with a proper metal end," Gareth Batty, the Surrey captain, told The Guardian. "I did archery as a kid and that was not a normal archery arrow … It is a deadly weapon for sure, if it had hit someone it would have caused some serious damage. It just shows the world we live in."

Not everyone present was an expert in archery, though. It took the game's announcer quite awhile to understand what was going on — watch his delightful play-by-play below. Jeva Lange