Soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment put their cricketing heroes through agony and ecstacy last week on the ranges at Catterick Garrison.
On a frosty and foggy day the troops from the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment ran the Yorkshire County Cricket Club first team squad, including England stars Ryan Sidebottom, Liam Plunkett and Tim Bresnan, ragged with a variety of challenges.
One of the most difficult was having to winch a bogged down Land Rover out which included running through four feet deep trenches full of water to collect the equipment required to free the vehicle.
The players also had to run a 1.5 mile circuit and in the afternoon following a lunch in the field they had to take part in a stretcher race before finishing another 1.5 mile run back to the soldiers base at Somme Barracks.
New Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said: “Obviously the physical and mental side of things were a real challenge but we got to see who the workhorses were but also who were the leaders. It was fascinating to watch how the teams communicated.
“It is something we did about 10 years ago at Strensall but for 90% of the team this is something completely new.
“It certainly beats being inside in the nets. Everyone is thoroughly enjoying it although they might not like being so cold and wet.”