Percy Corrall

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Percy Corrall
Personal information
Full name Percy Corrall
Born (1906-07-16)16 July 1906
Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Died 23 February 1994(1994-02-23) (aged 87)
Leicester, Leicestershire
Nickname Paddy
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Batting Right-handed
Role Wicketkeeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1930–51 Leicestershire
First-class debut 21 May 1930 Leicestershire v Cambridge University
Last First-class 6 July 1951 Leicestershire v Worcestershire
Umpiring information
FC umpired 150 (1952–1959)
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 288
Runs scored 2846
Batting average 9.61
100s/50s –/1
Top score 64
Catches/stumpings 382/188
Source: CricketArchive, 12 July 2013

Percy Corrall, more usually known as Paddy Corrall, (16 July 1906 – 23 February 1994) was an English first-class cricketer who played for Leicestershire between 1930 and 1951.[1] He was born and died in Leicester, Leicestershire.

Corrall was a lower-order right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper and, at five feet and two inches, one of the smallest first-class cricketers.[2] Having played for the second eleven since 1927, he made his first-class debut for Leicestershire in a single game in the 1930 season, against Cambridge University, in which he failed to make a dismissal.[3] He returned to second eleven cricket for 1931 but at the end of that season Tom Sidwell, who had been the regular first-team wicketkeeper since before the First World War, retired. Corrall took over as the wicketkeeper in the 1932 season and played in every single Leicestershire first-class match that season, making 39 catches and 11 stumpings and batting at No 10 or No 11.[4]

Corrall was again Leicestershire's first-choice wicketkeeper in 1933, but in the match against Lancashire at Leicester in early July he met with what Wisden Cricketers' Almanack termed "an unfortunate accident".[5][6] Wisden wrote: "Washbrook swung his bat at a high ball from Astill and struck the wicketkeeper on the left ear. He was removed to hospital in a semi-unconscious condition, and remained so ill that he did not play again during the summer."[6] In its broader report on Leicestershire's 1933 season, Wisden wrote: "A serious accident in the match with Lancashire at Leicester overtook Corrall, the young wicketkeeper, and for weeks he was in hospital on the danger list. As it happened, the loss of Corrall, far from weakening the eleven, brought forth some increased strength in batting, for Sidwell, after spending a year in retirement, returned to first-class cricket with marked success."[7] Later reports identified Corrall's injury as a fractured skull.[2]

Fit again, Corrall returned to the Leicestershire side in 1934 and was then the regular wicketkeeper again until he was once more injured in 1937. Never much more than a tail-ender as a batsman, he made his only career score of more than 50 when acting as nightwatchman in the match against Sussex at Hove in 1934, with an innings of 64.[8] In exactly the same fixture in 1936, he set a first-class record for a Leicestershire wicketkeeper that still stands, as of 2013, in making 10 dismissals, with seven caught and three stumped.[9] In 1937, Corrall was injured twice and Leicestershire turned to George Dawkes, not yet 17 in his first matches, as replacement wicketkeeper, and in 1938 and 1939 Dawkes took over as the first choice, and Corrall did not play at all.

During his military service in the Second World War, Corrall was stationed in India, where he played in two first-class matches in late 1944, one of them for the Europeans in the Bombay Pentagular Tournament.[10]

When first-class county cricket resumed in 1946, Dawkes was still serving with the Royal Air Force, so Corrall was recalled as Leicestershire wicketkeeper and had his most successful season so far, with 65 dismissals.[4] Dawkes had still not been demobilised by the start of the 1947, so Corrall retained his place and when Dawkes was finally available late in the season, he joined Derbyshire rather than returning to Leicestershire. Corrall played through to the end of the 1950 season as Leicestershire's regular wicketkeeper, and in 1948 he was (jointly with Eric Meads, the Nottinghamshire player) the leading wicketkeeper in England with 74 dismissals, 34 of them stumpings.[11] His high proportion of stumpings in the latter part of his career reflected the Leicestershire bowling attack's dependence on the spin of Jack Walsh and Vic Jackson. Corrall was awarded a benefit match in 1949 and retired at the end of the 1950 season, though he returned for a single match in 1951.

Corrall went on to the first-class umpires list for the 1952 season and stayed there for six seasons, returning for occasional matches in the following two seasons. Later, although a lifelong teetotaller, he ran a pub.[2]


  1. ^ "Player Profile: Percy Corrall". Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Obituaries". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1995 ed.). Wisden. p. 1381. 
  3. ^ "Scorecard: Cambridge University v Leicestershire". 21 May 1930. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "First-class Batting and Fielding in each Season by Percy Corrall". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Scorecard: Leicestershire v Lancashire". 8 July 1933. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Leicestershire Matches". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Part II (1934 ed.). Wisden. p. 453. 
  7. ^ "Leicestershire Matches". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Part II (1934 ed.). Wisden. p. 443. 
  8. ^ "Scorecard: Sussex v Leicestershire". 21 July 1934. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Scorecard: Sussex v Leicestershire". 16 May 1936. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Scorecard: Europeans v Parsees". 15 November 1944. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding in England in 1948". Retrieved 12 July 2013.