William Elliott, a fast straight right-arm bowler and rated only an ‘average’ bat, was born in Bulwell on 15 November 1845. He played for the XXII Colts in both 1868 and 1869, then had to wait two more years before making his first team debut for Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire at Clifton in August 1871. In that match he scored five in his only innings and took 1-41; his second and last game for the county came in the same month, versus Surrey at The Oval when he scored three and did not bowl.
Elliott’s First-Class debut had been in 1870 when he played for Richard Daft’s XI against the United North of England Eleven at Holbeck, scoring 0 and 4 and taking one wicket.
He played for the All England Eleven five times and once for the Colts of England; he also made several appearances for Nottinghamshire teams in non-First-Class fixtures. His professional engagements included Runcorn, Clifton, Great Harwood, Hereford, New Wortley (Leeds), Wakefield and Darlington. Whilst with Darlington in 1875, he appeared in one match for Durham. Elliott’s last known game was for the North v Rochdale in September 1875.
William Elliott lived the greater part of his life in Bulwell but was a professional cricketer at Winchester College when he died on 6 March 1891. His son Herbert (b.1865 Bulwell) is a 'cricketer' in 1881 and in 1891 'professsional cricketer' also based in Winchester
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 130