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Full name Norman Francis Borrett
Born October 1, 1917, Wanstead, Essex
Died December 10, 2004, England (aged 87 years 70 days)
Major teams Essex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Norman Borrett was a batsman and slow left-armer who took a hat-trick in the 1939 Cambridge Seniors' Match, then considered an important trial. He never played a first-class match for the university, though he did play three times for Essex, before and after the war, and regularly for Devon until 1959, shining both as batsman and cover point. His more significant sporting achievements came elsewhere: he captained England to the hockey silver medal at the 1948 Olympics, but he was an even more outstanding squash player, winning the English Amateur Championship every year from 1946 to 1950, almost without practice, because he lived in Devon where he had no serious opposition. He played golf off four, reputedly failed to play at Wimbledon only because he was too busy, and turned down an invitation to be a co-driver at Le Mans. The Times called him "probably Britain's most talented post-war all-round amateur sportsman". He taught at Framlingham College for 30 years.