Gareth Berg is a right-hand batsman and right-arm pace bowler.
He was born in Cape Town, South Africa before moving to play cricket in England.
Berg, 35, began his county career for Middlesex in 2008 when, after taking 5 wickets against England U19s in a pre-season fixture, he was given his first-class debut.
Following several successful seasons, Berg’s all-round ability was particularly highlighted in 2011 where he averaged more than 41 with the bat and less than 19 with the ball. He also hit three boundaries from the final three balls in the last fixture of the 2011 campaign to help Middlesex gain promotion to Division One of the four-day competition. The impressive performance is remembered fondly by the all-rounder, with the moment serving as an inspiration to one of Berg’s many tattoos.
Known by his team-mates as ‘Ice’, Berg continued to enjoy success in all formats, scoring more than 4000 first class runs and 200 wickets, before being forced to miss the entire 2014 season due to a shoulder injury.
Following successful recovery and winter training during the off-season, he has signed for Hampshire for the 2015 campaign.
Berg enjoyed a hugely impressive first season with both the ball and the bat, contributing in all formats. His 42 wickets at an average of 28 and 672 runs in the lower order proved vital as Hampshire avoided relegation from Division One of the LV= County Championship.
The all-rounder was recognised for his efforts by winning the Paris Smith Fans’ Player of the Year Award and the Ageas Players’ Player of the Year Awards at the Club’s End of Season Awards Dinner.
After receiving his County Cap against Lancashire in August 2016, Berg claimed career-best figures of 6-56 against Yorkshire the following month, and reached 200 first-class wickets in the second innings to help Hampshire secure an important draw with the reigning champions.
Berg has been just as important with the new ball in 2017, taking a modest 37 wickets averaging 26.67, and with the all-rounder also providing vital runs in the lower order, he is set for his most successful season since 2011.