Jack Worsley

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Jack Worsley

Jack Worsley was a contestant in Series 65 and the champion of Series 66, and was a quarter-finalist in the 30th Birthday Championship.

Worsley became the first octochamp with Nick Hewer as presenter. He is also the 100th 15-round octochamp in Countdown history.

Worsley made his debut on 7 December 2011, in the final heat game of Series 65 and of Jeff Stelling's tenure as host, beating Phyllis Styles 103 – 39 before stepping aside for the finals. He returned in January for the Nick Hewer era and won the first episode of Series 66, along with six more, never facing a crucial conundrum and scoring centuries in all but one of his heats. Worsley is one of a handful of series champions (John Rawnsley, Junaid Mubeen and Kirk Bevins being others) to have debuted in another, previous series.

With an octochamp total of 818 points, Worsley was #2 seed for the series finals behind Jonathan Rawlinson, but the difference in their totals was substantial. After defeating Mark Murphy and Peter Lee, he faced a grand final encounter against Rawlinson. He took first blood with SANTERO, but the #1 seed fought back with PITHOI soon after, and both players were in contention to the end. Worsley led 80 – 70 going into the final round of play. However, the crucial conundrum STORYLINE defeated both players, meaning that Worsley became the series champion.

He returned to Countdown in 2013, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. After receiving a bye to the first round, he won his first match against the Series 65 champion Graeme Cole by a score of 104 – 98, despite Cole maxing the first 13 rounds. He then beat the Series 4 runner-up Christine Hunt in round 2, leaving the competition with just male contestants. In the quarter-final, he came up against the Series 53 semi-finalist Jon O'Neill and after missing DRUPELET in round 1, he managed to keep up with O'Neill, before O'Neill got the conundrum ECOSPHERE to win by 122 – 104, achieving a max game in the process, and ending Worsley's unbeaten record on the show.

He attended his first CO-event in 2012, when he played at CO:REA, along with his dad, Paul. A week later, he and his dad attended CoLei5. Another two months later, he entered COHUD, followed by CoChest2 in October and COEDI in November. He played both at CO:REA 2013 and CO:REA 2014. At the latter he got to the final and where he beat the Series 68 winner, Giles Hutchings by 108 – 93.

He is also an Apterite, and has held the #1 Pro Rank position.

Preceded by
Graeme Cole
Series winner
Series 66
Followed by
Paul James

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5391 7/12/2011 P Phyllis Styles 39 – 103 Jack Worsley David Lloyd Susie Dent 122
5399 9/01/2012 P Jack Worsley 105 – 54 Brian Tuohy Paul Zenon Susie Dent 127
5400 10/01/2012 P Jack Worsley 110 – 44 Catherine Green Paul Zenon Susie Dent 150
5401 11/01/2012 P Jack Worsley 103 – 67 Barry Williams Paul Zenon Susie Dent 140
5402 12/01/2012 P Jack Worsley 100 – 51 Marcia Wells Paul Zenon Susie Dent 122
5403 13/01/2012 P Jack Worsley 107 – 50 Abi Maher Paul Zenon Susie Dent 129
5404 16/01/2012 P Jack Worsley 105 – 73 Stewart Macpherson John Suchet Susie Dent 120
5405 17/01/2012 P Jack Worsley 85 – 51 Alan Paterson John Suchet Susie Dent 120
5512 22/06/2012 QF Mark Murphy 52 – 75 Jack Worsley Penny Smith Susie Dent 113
5516 28/06/2012 SF Peter Lee 88 – 91 Jack Worsley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 119
5517 29/06/2012 GF Jack Worsley 80 – 70 Jonathan Rawlinson Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 117
5633 31/01/2013 30B1 Graeme Cole 98 – 104 Jack Worsley Mark Foster Susie Dent 118
5646 19/02/2013 30B2 Christine Hunt 67 – 115 Jack Worsley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 117
5649 22/02/2013 30BQF Jon O'Neill 122 – 104 Jack Worsley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 122
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