William Foster was born on 8 June 1859 in Beeston. A member of Bestwood Park CC, William Foster won the batting prize for that club in 1888 and was chosen for the Notts Colts XXII in the following spring. His modest innings of 24 was the best by a Colt and he represented Notts in the Colts of North v Colts of South game at Lord’s, two weeks before his First-Class debut, scoring eight. His sole First-Class match was Nottinghamshire v MCC on 23 and 24 May 1889, when he failed to score in either innings and did not bowl. Foster was a hard-hitting batsman, but his defence was suspect.
He died on 1 November 1944, aged 85 years, in Arnold.
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 206