Pitch invader arrested after collision with Jonny Bairstow at the Oval

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Pitch invader Daniel ‘Jarvo’ Jarvis was arrested on Friday after an on-field collision with England batsman Jonny Bairstow during day two of the fourth LV= Insurance Test.

Jarvis, a self-styled YouTube prankster with 123,000 subscribers, had previously walked out with the India team at Lord’s and appeared in full batting kit at Headingley.

His third appearance of the series took things a step further, though, as he ran in to bowl at Ollie Pope and crashed into an unsuspecting Bairstow at the non-striker’s end.

The pitch invader attempted to send down a delivery after running on to the field of play.
The pitch invader attempted to send down a delivery after running on to the field of play (Adam Davy/PA)

Bairstow held his ground but was clearly surprised at the incident and there was visible agitation among the Indian team, with captain Virat Kohli seen in close conversation with the umpires after Jarvis was led off the pitch to a chorus of boos from the crowd.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police read: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident at the Oval Cricket Ground on Friday, 3 September. He remains in custody at a south London police station.”

Players from both sides may now harbour understandable doubts about the suitability of security protocols, after three separate grounds were infiltrated by a single, known offender. The on-pitch stewarding visibly increased at the lunch and tea intervals but it would be no surprise if a more thorough review followed.

'Jarvo' has entered the field several times during the series
‘Jarvo’ has entered the field several times during the series (Nigel French/PA)

Pope was unperturbed by the incident, going on to top score with 81, but appeared unimpressed by the episode.

“Jarvo’s made a few appearances this series, I don’t know how he’s got on the pitch again, to be honest,” he said.

“We don’t really talk about it, I guess it just stops the play for five minutes every time he comes on. There’s nothing to be gained from it. Obviously it does disrupt you for five minutes or so, so you just try and block it out.”

An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson said: “Any pitch invasion is completely unacceptable. The ECB and our host venues do not tolerate any such behaviour which risks the safety of players, officials and staff. The ECB works closely with all our venues to share information and enhance their security operation.”

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