Hampshire sign all-rounder Gareth Berg for 2015

Experienced all-rounder Gareth Berg has signed for Hampshire on a contract until the end of the 2015 season.The 34 year old, who spent seven years at Lord’s playing for Middlesex, will be available in all formats for the Club.

“Once I had the call from Giles {Giles White} showing an interest it put a big smile of my face because Hampshire is a massive club and I’m very excited to be here,” said Berg. “I thought that 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 for Hampshire in the season ahead.”

After making his debut for Middlesex in 2008, the South Africa-born all-rounder quickly became a regular for the Club in all formats. Berg, who has played 15 Twenty20 matches for Italy, went on to hit over 4,000 runs and take 221 wickets for Middlesex, before shoulder surgery ruled him out for the majority of the 2014 season.

“I’ve worked really hard on my fitness over the winter and from what I was told how the body would be, to how it actually is now, is completely different,” added Berg. “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.”

Hampshire’s director of cricket, Giles White added: “The immediate focus is to get Gareth fit and playing ahead of the season. We have agreed a deal that supports this and I am confident that he will play an important role at Hampshire this year.

“Gareth is the type of player that 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.”

James Buttler

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