Natascha Kearsey

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Natascha Kearsey, at the time a 29-year-old software engineer from Swindon, first appeared on Countdown on 14 April 1997, beating Pete Cashmore 46 – 34 in the 11th heat of Series 35.

She quickly amassed a further 7 wins to become the first octochamp of the series, facing just two crucial Conundrums along the way, but eventually had to settle for the #2 seed position after being overtaken in the seedings by Dag Griffiths two weeks later. In her quarter-final, she comfortably beat Piers Brown 62 – 31 to set up a rematch with Pete Cashmore in the semi-finals. While the two players were fairly evenly matched in the seedings, Kearsey's failed to score in any of the last four rounds, which saw her fall by 27 – 62 to the eventual series champion. Nevertheless, her performances were enough to earn her a place in Championship of Champions IX, where she beat Christine White, James Martin (by just one point after a closely-fought game where neither player was able to unscramble the crucial conundrum in the 30 seconds) and Ruth Collier on her way to the final, a third match between her and Pete Cashmore. Kearsey led by 2 points going into the crucial conundrum, which neither player spotted within the 30 seconds, meaning Kearsey became the ninth champion of champions, and to date the only woman to win a Championship of Champions.

Kearsey returned to the Countdown studios once again in 2003 to record a special episode pitting her against the unbeaten Scott Mearns. In this special 'Champion of Champion of Champions' match, Kearsey ran out the 109 – 100 winner, and became the first and only person to beat Mearns at a game of Countdown.


Preceded by
Chris Rogers
Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions IX
Followed by
Scott Mearns

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
1983 14/04/1997 P Natascha Kearsey 46 – 34 Peter Cashmore Geoffrey Durham Rob Scriven 73
1984 15/04/1997 P Natascha Kearsey 58 – 34 Geoff Roberts Jan Harvey Rob Scriven 70
1985 16/04/1997 P Natascha Kearsey 61 – 42 Alan Davison Jan Harvey Rob Scriven 75
1986 17/04/1997 P Natascha Kearsey 43 – 41 Diana Thomas Jan Harvey Rob Scriven 72
1987 18/04/1997 P Natascha Kearsey 41 – 25 Colin Thomas Jan Harvey Rob Scriven 70
1988 21/04/1997 P Natascha Kearsey 57 – 41 Tim Bentley Jan Harvey Peter Sweasey 81
1989 22/04/1997 P Natascha Kearsey 60 – 28 Sharon Leonard Barry Cryer Catherine Stokes 85
1990 23/04/1997 P Natascha Kearsey 47 – 45 Phil Campbell Barry Cryer Catherine Stokes 72
2032 20/06/1997 QF Natascha Kearsey 62 – 31 Piers Brown Nigel Rees Rob Scriven 70
2036 26/06/1997 SF Natascha Kearsey 27 – 62 Peter Cashmore Terry Wogan Catherine Stokes 69
2168 5/01/1998 CP Christine White 45 – 49 Natascha Kearsey Denis Norden Mark Nyman 71
2173 12/01/1998 CQF James Martin 51 – 52 Natascha Kearsey Gloria Hunniford Mark Nyman 72
2176 15/01/1998 CSF Natascha Kearsey 59 – 56 Ruth Collier Tom O'Connor Mark Nyman 72
2177 16/01/1998 CGF Natascha Kearsey 72 – 70 Pete Cashmore Tom O'Connor Mark Nyman 118
S9 9/09/2003 S Scott Mearns 100 – 109 Natascha Kearsey Bob Bevan Alison Heard 137


Championship of Champions Winners

I : Mark Nyman | II : Clive Freedman | III : Harvey Freeman | IV : Nic Brown | V : Tim Morrissey | VI : Wayne Summers | VII : Don Reid | VIII : Chris Rogers | IX : Natascha Kearsey | X : Scott Mearns | XI : Graham Nash | XII : Paul Gallen | XIII : Steve Briers | XIV : Dylan Taylor

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