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Surrey Member David Cook has donated his £1,000 prize for taking a ‘Kia Catch’, during Surrey’s Vitality Blast Quarter Final, to support refugees from Afghanistan and Ukraine play cricket at his local club: Streatham & Marlborough CC.

Cook, who was attending the game with his 12 year-old son, clung on to a catch as Rory Burns launched a short ball from Yorkshire seamer Matt Revis into the stands. Cook held on to the ball long enough to be classed as a Kia Catch, netting him the £1,000 prize that comes with taking a clean crowd catch at The Kia Oval during the Vitality Blast.

Although he subsequently let go of the ball as he stumbled, after reviewing the footage the judges confirmed it was an official Kia Catch. Cook spoke to the Surrey Cricket Foundation and chose to donate the cash to Streatham and Marlborough CC’s ‘Ability to pay is not a barrier to play’ fund that offers to cover the costs of match fees and equipment for people who cannot afford to do so themselves.

This season, the ‘Ability to pay’ fund is supporting two refugees from Afghanistan and one from Ukraine to play for the club.

Cook and his son were invited to The Kia Oval to watch Surrey train ahead of their return to County Championship cricket and accepted the cheque from Club Captain Rory Burns along with a signed shirt from the Club.

Speaking after receiving the prize, David Cook said: “I’m delighted that Kia verified the catch and that this money will go to such a good cause. It went like a bullet straight off the bat towards us, it barely got more than 10 meters off the ground. I didn’t have much time to think but it went straight into my hands, easy as you like! It was a great moment, very surreal and I couldn’t really believe I’d done it. I was thrilled when it was officially classed as a ‘Kia Catch’ and I wanted to do something good with the money. With the cost of living crisis impacting everyone across society, we’re really proud of Streatham and Marlborough’s fund that makes sure that ability to pay is never a barrier to playing the game.”

Sanka De Silva, Marketing Director at Kia said “The ‘Kia Catch’ is an inspiring way to engage the fans watching the action at The Kia Oval. Rewarding £1,000 to keen eyed spectators who catch a six brings an added level of excitement to the game. We want to offer our congratulations to David, who successfully caught the ball during the Vitality Blast game against Yorkshire, but also express our heartfelt thanks for his decision to donate his winnings to the ‘Ability to Pay’ fund. This fantastic cause helps to break down barriers and ensure that cricket is accessible to everyone.”

Learn more about the ‘Ability to Pay’ fund and support it here.