Star-struck Mary helps Michael rise to challenge

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Blushing baker Mary Berry sneaks a kiss from Sheffield star Michael Vaughan after rushing to help the ex-cricketer perfect his cooking.

The culinary queen was teased for her fulsome praise of the former captain on the Sport Relief version of The Great British Bake-Off despite both his pastries failing to impress judges.

Fellow chef Paul Hollywood even joked that Mary could do the cooking for her favourite contestant after she ignored his biscuits falling to the floor – and show presenter Sue Perkins also teased the pair.

One of Michael’s creations, a Lord’s Cricket Pitch Cake, was described as ‘looking like a scene from Halloween’ by Hollywood.

But he still had a fan in star-struck Mary, whose husband Paul is said to be a big cricket fan .

Michael prepared sandwich biscuits, tarte tatin and a novelty cake depicting a sporting landmark.

He was competing against comedian Johnny Vaughan, actress Samantha Bond and Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright.

Speaking about his experience on the show, Michael said the reason he took part was because he wanted to have some fun.

The former Silverdale School pupil added: “I want to try and raise as much money as possible for Sport Relief and have some fun.

“But I’m very proud that I produced something that Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood actually ate. Only a little spoonful but they had some of my bake.”

Mary and Michael shared a peck on the cheek at the end of filming.

The final Sport Relief bake-off episode screened on BBC2 last night.

Money raised will help vulnerable people in the UK and the world’s poorest countries as part of the Comic Relief charity appeal.