SIX South Cheshire cricketers kept their cool amid a frosty reception to win a unique competition on ice.
Audlem CC's Simon Banks and Steve Swallow, James Siddorns from Wistaston Village CC, Martin Webb of Crewe CC, and Middlewich CC's Martin Dawson and Neil Webb flew out to Estonia to take part.
They formed a team called the Village Idiots, and went on to become champions of the fifth Bulmers Original Born For Ice Cricket Tournament.
Captain Simon said: 'I had a great time, it was fantastic. I would recommend the weekend to anyone. It certainly brought new meaning to fielding in the slips!'
The competition was played on the frozen Lake Harku, a few minutes from the medieval town of Tallinn.
The local lads beat teams including Woods CC from Surrey and the Estonian national team on their way to the final, before overcoming Ossett CC from Yorkshire in the decider.
The competition was conceived because many of the cricketers in Estonia were unable to find indoor facilities to practise during winter months.
Jason Barry, inventor of the format said: 'It has become popular with all standards of cricketers simply due to the fact that no matter how good you are, the ice is always the winner.'