Berryman, left, has scored over 2,000 runs for St Cross in the past five seasons and won the CD1 batting prize with 709 runs in 2016.
Fareham captain Tom Kent explained: “Steve phoned me last weekend to say he’d left St Cross and enquired about coming to Fareham.
“Conveniently, we had a space in the top order for a batsman. With holidays coming up player availability is certain to be affected, so having a player of Steve’s experience join in mid-season is an enormous boost.”
His new team-mates at Bath Lane were busy completing car insurance damage claim forms after Chris Davey ended the CD1 win over Shrewton with a volley of sixes.
Three times he launched the ball high over the long-on boundary rope – and each time he picked out a parked car.
“I managed to take out a car windscreen, break a wing mirror and also dented another car,” the Fareham hockey and cricketer admitted.
“I’m not sure who the cars belonged to, but they were all people involved in cricket at the ground.”
Luke Cornish, one of Davey’s Fareham hockey playing team-mates, watched on from the non-striker’s end, content with his 56 not out which helped the County 1 leaders to a six-wicket win.
Shrewton collapsed to 225 all out after Rich Barnett (56) and Stu Cruse (42) had put the visitors in a promising position.
Four points separate the top three clubs in Hampshire League, County Division 1 after ten rounds of matches.
Fareham & Crofton (186) take a narrow lead over Ropley (183) into today's testing visit to Hursley Park, while Hythe & Dibden are lurking only just behind.
Beaten by Fareham a week earlier, Ropley ran up 255 before beating Rowledge II (196) by 59 runs.
Matt Young (62) and Tom Gates (53) pointed Hythe & Dibden to a six-wicket win over United Services, who made 200-9 at Burnaby Road.
Paul Marks (61) and Lee Wateridge (41) combined to guide improving Hursley Park to victory over lowly Bishops Waltham (194), where Jan Solanki and Tom Burns each took four wickets.
Longparish went down by three wickets on the Isle of Wight, where teenager Will Samways (60) and Martin Bearpark (58) shared a century opening partnership.
But with Cam Mitchell (71) at the helm, Ryde calmed the wicket-taking influence of Harry Martin (4-34) to win the game.
Easton & Martyr Worthy’s 294-6 against Burridge II (150) was the highest total of the day, while Harry Trussler was able to celebrate a maiden 116 as St Cross Symondians III ran up 261-5 at Alton.
Steve Fryer was influential with bat and ball scoring 61 before taking 4-27 with his left-arm swing.
Teen Jack Robson fired 80 as Hook & Newnham Basics posted 281-8 before Kevin Light’s 5-40 return saw Alton II dismissed for 194.