Berg keen to haunt former club

Gareth Berg, right  Picture: Neil Marshall
Gareth Berg, right Picture: Neil Marshall
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GARETH BERG is determined to show that Middlesex were wrong to let him go when he makes his return to Lord’s tomorrow.

The 34-year-old was released at the end of last season after a long-term shoulder injury kept him sidelined for the whole of last term.

But the South African has proved the doubters wrong and shown there is plenty of life left in him.

And he has been the most consistent performer for Hampshire so far this term with both bat and ball.

With a top score of 99, an average of 36 and a total of 396 runs, he is behind only Michael Carberry (552) and Will Smith (408) in the batting stakes.

And with the ball, he is the club’s leading wicket-taker by a distance with 25 victims – way ahead of nearest challenger James Tomlinson (16).

Now Berg wants to continue with his run of form as Hampshire look to arrest a worrying run of form in the four-day game, which has seen them manage just one win all season.

Berg said: ‘It’s always nice to play at Lord’s and to go back to see the faces I played with for seven years.

‘I hope I can come back to haunt the club, definitely – that’s my aim.

‘It’s not that I am bitter with the club at all. I spent seven good years there.

‘But my new club is Hampshire and I will do my very best for them.

‘Maybe a few people wrote me off but hopefully I have shown that I can still perform at this level.

‘There are a couple of guys on the committee that have texted me to say “well done”.

‘That was a nice tap on the shoulder.’

Berg is also hopeful he may be able to take advantage of some inside information on the famous slope at Lord’s see how the venue raises the game for a player from the other side.

He explained: ‘It will be nice to pass on a few things to the guys about the Lord’s wicket that I have picked up down the years.

‘The slope is not a massive obstacle. It’s a slight change in plans for us.

‘I think I can benefit the team in helping them to understand what the Middlesex bowlers are trying to do.

‘Sometimes it’s about that extra one-per-cent.

‘But I remember when I was playing for Middlesex that every away team would raise their game by 20-30-per-cent when they played there.

‘We didn’t win too many games because the opposition always had that extra bit of motivation.’