RINGWOOD were bowled out by Fawley before four of their players had even arrived at the ground.

They pitched up for the Hampshire League clash at Holbury with just seven players after their team-mates had been stuck in horrendous traffic snarl-ups.

The missing four had been delayed en route from Birmingham where they had stayed after watching the second day of the Test match between England and the West Indies.

Instead of scratching the Regional Division Two fixture at the 11th hour and being docked 20 points, Ringwood won the toss and elected to bat first, hoping their late arrivals would turn up in time.

However, a devastating opening spell from Fawley’s Dean Godden (5-5) contributed to Ringwood losing six wickets in 10 overs – and being dismissed for just 16.

Shortly after the final wicket had fallen, the Edgbaston Four arrived in time to do a spot of fielding and watched as the Oilmen cantered to a 10-wicket win.

When contacted by the Daily Echo, a spokesperson for Ringwood Cricket Club politely declined to comment.