After ten years of Northerns and Multiply Titans service, all-rounder Shaun von Berg has left the Sky Blues to join the VKB Knights for the 2019/20 season.
The leg-spinning veteran leaves a big hole in the Titans dressing-room, having made much of his opportunities over the past decade.
With over 100 first-class matches, and over 400 wickets across all formats, he contributed fully to a stellar period of Titans dominance.
“Ten years goes by very quickly,” an emotional Von Berg said this week.
“I was very proud to represent the Titans, and I will always look back at this part of my life with great fondness. So many friends, not just in the team, but with all the support staff and people who work in the offices.”
Von Berg leaves at the same time as another stalwart in long-standing captain Albie Morkel, and they both had heartfelt speeches at the Annual Multiply Titans Awards.
“It was very emotional, and I don’t think we expected that kind of gesture from the Titans. We both had a tear in the eye, and it will certainly be something I remember for a long time,” he said of his final awards banquet in Titans colours.
Looking back on his career, Von Berg said that captaining the side was a great privilege, as was winning so many trophies.
“It was a great period of Titans success, especially in the past five years. I was proud to lead the side for a part of that, because there were some special cricketers who played for this team,” he noted.
Now, as he moves to the Knights, he says that he will relish coming back as a rival.
“It will be different, walking into the other dressing room at SuperSport Park. But, in saying that, I really look forward to coming back and testing myself against some very good cricketers.”
Von Berg added that he was especially proud to be called up to the Proteas during his time at Centurion.
“That was a massive honour for me, especially as a spinner. You are not always guaranteed game time, so I would encourage all the youngsters coming through in the Titans pipeline to make the most of every opportunity. ”
The Titans wish Von Berg all the best in his future endeavours.
“Shaun was a model professional during his time here, and we will always look back at his time here with great pleasure,” Multiply Titans CEO, Dr Jacques Faul commented.
“The Knights have gained a great team man, and he still has a lot to offer the game.”