William Garratt (or Garrat), though born in Shrewsbury, 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, but in 1839 he moved to Peterborough where he established himself as a jeweller, silversmith and watchmaker and his matches for Nottingham after that date were very limited.

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.

It is believed that he moved from Peterborough to Derby in 1859, again setting up as a jeweller.