AN Ellon Gordon cricketer has held off the challenge of fellow players from Aberdeenshire to win the trip of a lifetime to the home of cricket next season.
Unfortunately Fiona Campbell, who has also previously represented Scotland in the willow and leather game, had to fork out £1150 for the privilege of going to Lords, where she will be the guest of Middlesex Cricket Club. Her prize will include a trip round the famous ground, including the ‘Long Room’ only normally open to players on match days.
“It’s a great thrill to be going to such a well known ground,” said Fiona.
The keen cricketer outbid all other comers to collect all four prize tickets on offer at the annual Dinner of the Aberdeenshire Grades Association held at the Holiday Inn, Westhill.
The prized tickets were put up for auction by guest speaker Shaun Udal, a former England player who as a former captain of Middlesex.
The former captain qualifies for four tickets each season, but chose to put them up for offer to the Aberdeenshire cricketers in aid of the charity of his choice.
“It was good to see Fiona outbid the men,” said Nadal.
“She seems to be an enterprising lady. I hope she enjoys the day. I have the feeling she will,” he added.
Fiona was, however, shrewd enough to offer one of the unlucky bidders two of the hard-won tickets, leaving her to stump just £575 for the honour of going to London.
“I intend to surprise someone, but will not be saying who it is until the day before the trip,” said an excited Fiona, who had to fight off the many offers she had for her tickets from a host of admirers.
Nonetheless, she stated categorically that she was sticking to her guns and keeping the rest of her hard won prize.
It was a good night for the Ellon club as the town’s oldest sports organisation picked up its first ever Grades 1 title.
In addition, the second team - of which Ms Campbell is a member - picked up Grade 4.
To cap it all, Ellon Gordon’s Ean Mackie picked up the prestigious ‘Cricketer of the Year’ award,
However, for many in the 160-strong audience, the highlight of the evening was Fiona stubbornly holding off the strong contigent of enthusiastic male players bidding to deny her the prize of the night.