William Garrat (or Garratt), though born in Shrewsbury in April 1805, moved to Nottingham at the age of six.

His debut for Nottingham came in 1832 and the last of his fourteen appearances was in 1845. A sound, though slow-scoring batsman he played for the North v South and Players v Gentlemen. He was also a first-class long-stop. Although recorded only as a batsman - he did bowl a grand total of eight deliveries for an England XI - he was chosen to represent the 'Slow Bowlers', one of the many invitation sides playing in mid-Victorian England!

His opportunities for Notts were limited by his availability after 1839 when he moved to Peterborough, where he established himself as a jeweller, silversmith and watchmaker. It is believed that he moved from Peterborough to Derby in 1859, again setting up as a jeweller.

April 2020