All-rounder thrilled at Hampshire switch

Gareth Berg celebrates a wicket for Middlesex
Gareth Berg celebrates a wicket for Middlesex
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Gareth Berg has revealed his delight after completing a move to Hampshire.

The former Middlesex all-rounder, 34, has penned a one-year deal that will see him available in all formats.

And Hampshire director of cricket Giles White is confident the shoulder injury which ruled Berg out of the majority of 2014 will not hamper his Ageas Bowl impact.

‘I’m very excited to be here,’ said Berg, who spent seven seasons at Lord’s.

‘Once I had the call from Giles it put a big smile on my face because Hampshire is a massive club.

‘I thought it would be nice to stay at one club my whole career.

‘But this is a great, fresh start for me and hopefully I can perform well in the season ahead.’

Berg, who has played international cricket for Italy, signed for Middlesex in 2007 before making his debut the following season.

The seam bowling all-rounder went on to play 71 first-class matches for the county.

He scored 2,980 runs, including two centuries, at an average of 29.80 and took 140 wickets at 32.17 with a best of six for 58.

Berg also played 99 limited-overs fixtures for Middlesex – including 40 t20 matches – adding a further 1,458 runs and 67 wickets.

However, injury stalled his career last term and limited him to just a single outing.

The right-handed batsman insists his rehabilitation has gone well, though, and he is raring to go at Hampshire.

He said: ‘I’ve worked really hard on my fitness over the winter.

‘From what I was told how the body would be, to how it actually is now, it’s completely different.

‘As a sportsman you’ve got to work against the odds and my body is probably in the best condition that it’s been in three years.’

White added: ‘The immediate focus is to get Gareth fit and playing.

‘We have agreed a deal that supports this and I am confident he will play an important role this year.

‘Gareth is the type of player who can influence games with both bat and ball and he will add balance and experience to the squad.

‘It’s great to have him here.’