Village cricketers were hit for six when they discovered their scruffy new team-mate was former Yorkshire and England star Michael Vaughan in disguise.
Vaughan was kitted out with fake hair, tattoo and body padding suit for his game with Goldsborough Cricket Club, based near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.
He turned out for them in a match against local rivals Dishforth, organised by NatWest as part of its support for grassroots cricket.
The Goldsborough lads were told the identity of their famous ‘ringer’ at the start of play – but their opponents were none the wiser throughout the game.
Vaughan, listed on the team-sheet as Gary Watson, from Leeds, scored 28 and took a catch as he helped his side to a narrow victory.
Winning skipper Peter Horsman said: “Having Michael on the side really helped raise our players’ performance.
“I’ve never seen us play that well before. Our lads couldn’t believe what happened.”