Nick Wainwright

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Nick Wainwright in his game against Steve Briers.

Nick Wainwright was the Series 56 champion.

He first appeared in May 2007, beating Rob Waters and seven others on his way to becoming an octochamp. He reached the grand final, coming from behind to beat Anita Freeland on a crucial conundrum and become the champion of series 56. Surprisingly, Wainwright did not get a century until his 9th game, after his octochamp run had finished, although he scored 99 twice in a row. 726 is the lowest total for an octochamp who went on to win the Series. Overall in 11 games, he averaged 93.3 points per game.

Wainwright returned for the Championship of Champions XIII as one of the favourites, beating Steve Baines by 20 points on a crucial conundrum, and then beating Kai Laddiman in a close, tense game. The game was always close, even when Wainwright got DEUTERONS for nine Laddiman could still win. However, when both players scored on the final numbers game, Wainwright avoided a crucial conundrum, which was just as well for him as Laddiman buzzed in in less than two seconds with TRACKSUIT.

In the semi-final, Wainwright faced the impressive Steve Briers who'd scored 121 and 118 in his two previous games. This was also a close game, with neither player taking a commanding lead at any point. Wainwright took the points on the 6-small numbers game, but still went into the last numbers game trailing by 5 points. He elected not to choose six-small ones again and when both players got ten points, it was a crucial conundrum. However neither player could solve it, and Wainwright lost by just 5 points. He won 13 games in a row before his only defeat; the longest winning streak of any player in the tournament, noting that Junaid Mubeen and David O'Donnell both lost after 12 consecutive winning games.

He returned to Countdown in 2013, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. He lost his only match against Series 28 runner-up Wayne Kelly by a score of 105 – 68.

Wainwright also competed in the unofficial CORED 2007, CoBris 2007, COLIN 2008, COLIN 2009 and COLIN 2010, CoNot 2008, Co:Lon 2010 and Co:Lon 2011 tournaments, and was the winner of the online Apterous Winter Closed 2009 Flight A tournament.

Preceded by
Richard Brittain
Series winner
Series 56
Followed by
Craig Beevers

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
4348 7/05/2007 P Rob Waters 94 – 99 Nick Wainwright Richard Digance Susie Dent 124
4349 8/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 90 – 64 Sue Faulkner Richard Digance Susie Dent 131
4350 9/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 91 – 65 Matthew Dixon Richard Digance Michael Wylie 140
4351 10/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 76 – 33 David Senior Richard Digance Michael Wylie 122
4352 11/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 99 – 83 Eileen Organ Richard Digance Michael Wylie 118
4353 14/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 99 – 46 Michala Stabbins Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 136
4354 15/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 91 – 88 Michael Lord Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 133
4355 16/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 81 – 58 Helen Miller Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 141
4378 18/06/2007 QF Nick Wainwright 104 – 74 Vivienne Mead Jo Brand Susie Dent 124
4381 21/06/2007 SF Jean Webby 74 – 107 Nick Wainwright Jo Brand Susie Dent 134
4382 22/06/2007 GF Nick Wainwright 89 – 85 Anita Freeland Jo Brand Susie Dent 116
4737 16/01/2009 CP Nick Wainwright 105 – 85 Steve Baines Andrew Sachs Susie Dent 118
4744 27/01/2009 CQF Kai Laddiman 91 – 94 Nick Wainwright Paul Zenon Susie Dent 128
4745 28/01/2009 CSF Steve Briers 87 – 82 Nick Wainwright Paul Zenon Susie Dent 119
5616 8/01/2013 30BP Wayne Kelly 105 – 68 Nick Wainwright Dave Myers Susie Dent 120
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