Phil Davies

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Phil Davies in Series 78.

Phil Davies was an octochamp in Series 78.

He started his run on 5 February, bottoming out at 75 points in his third game, but then climbing to a high of 114 in his seventh. On Valentine’s Day, he missed the conundrum on his final game which denied him a fourth consecutive century and provisional number one seed, but still achieved three centuries in his eight wins to become the second octochamp of the series.

Davies' 757 points netted him a place in the Series 78 finals as the #4 seed, and he returned in June to face former Series 32 finalist Paul Harper. Davies spotted the nine OUTRANGES early in the show and mounted a 42-point lead, but in the second and third "halves" Harper clawed back the deficit until he was nearly within striking distance. Only an evenly matched final numbers round prevented a crucial conundrum and assured Davies a place in the semis, where he was then matched against hotly favoured #1 seed Zarte Siempre. Davies held his own against the top seed, taking the lead in Round 1 when Siempre had disagreer ☓ called off and maintaining the lead through the difficult six-small selection in Round 9. Ultimately, however, Siempre's spots of MURIATES and NOTABLE meant that the outcome of the game was again decided after the final numbers round, with Davies this time suffering his only defeat to date.

Davies will return to Countdown in January 2019 for the Championship of Champions XV, where he will play Jonathan Wynn in the first preliminary round of the tournament.

Since his octorun, Davies has become an Apterite.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6756 5/02/2018 P David Shipley 47 – 78 Phil Davies Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 123
6757 6/02/2018 P Phil Davies 96 – 28 Simon Block Alexis Conran Susie Dent 122
6758 7/02/2018 P Phil Davies 75 – 61 Lisa Miller Alexis Conran Susie Dent 133
6759 8/02/2018 P Phil Davies 98 – 86 Alyn McFetridge Alexis Conran Susie Dent 124
6760 9/02/2018 P Phil Davies 100 – 77 John Owens Alexis Conran Susie Dent 133
6761 12/02/2018 P Phil Davies 104 – 77 Ben Jenkins Alexis Conran Susie Dent 126
6762 13/02/2018 P Phil Davies 114 – 37 Mike O'Connell Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 147
6763 14/02/2018 P Phil Davies 92 – 43 Heather Blackley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 122
6850 19/06/2018 QF Phil Davies 81 – 69 Paul Harper Helen Fospero Susie Dent 143
6851 20/06/2018 SF Zarte Siempre 112 – 88 Phil Davies Helen Fospero Susie Dent 123
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