Series 50

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Series 50 ran from June 2003 to December 2003. The fiftieth of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley was won by Chris Cummins.

Series 50 is remembered as a very strong series, with four impressive octochamps in Chris Cummins, Stuart Earl, Stuart Solomons and Jim Bentley, with the former two making the 800 Club.

The series finals began as expected with Chris Cummins cruising past eighth seed Brian McKeon and scoring his seventh century in the process. The next match was a nailbiter between Stuart Earl and Eamonn Timmins, with the underrated Timmins snatching the game by a point after a crucial conundrum - the shock of the tournament. Solomons scored an unconvincing victory over Philip Whitnall, while Jim Bentley and Adam Laws went into a crucial conundrum at 78 – 78, with Laws unscrambling NIPPERAID in 11 seconds to earn a place in the semifinals. In the semifinals, Cummins again made short work of his opponent, this time scoring "only" 97 to Laws' 59. Solomons was not at his best against Timmins, who had the game wrapped up with two rounds to play. And so it came to the final, with the first seed facing off against the seventh. Timmins gave a creditable performance, including a niner, but Cummins gradually edged away. The game finished 122 – 86, and the froglike Cambridge mathematician was crowned champion.

Midway through the series, its transmission time shifted from 4.15pm to 3.15pm as part of a revamp of the Channel 4 daytime schedule.

Contents

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 Chris Cummins 8 858
2 Stuart Earl 8 807
3 Stuart Solomons 8 796
4 Jim Bentley 8 756
5 Adam Laws 6 677
6 Philip Whitnall 5 492
7 Eamonn Timmins 4 441
8 Brian McKeon 4 437

Between Series 39 and Series 63, players are sorted by number of wins then by number of points. Points from both wins and losses count. Points from sudden death conundrums aren't counted, and players with the same number of wins and points are sorted by highest score.


Finals progress

Chris Cummins (1) vs Brian McKeon (8) Chris Cummins (1) vs Adam Laws (5) Chris Cummins (1)
vs
Eamonn Timmins (7)
Adam Laws (5) vs Jim Bentley (4)
Stuart Solomons (3) vs Philip Whitnall (6) Stuart Solomons (3) vs Eamonn Timmins (7)
Eamonn Timmins (7) vs Stuart Earl (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
3512 30/06/2003 P Alan Stevens 65 – 98 Stephen Grant Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 140
3513 1/07/2003 P Stephen Grant 89 – 79 Clive Smith Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 128
3514 2/07/2003 P Stephen Grant 59 – 75 Lilian Bland Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 120
3515 3/07/2003 P Lilian Bland 94 – 84 Shelley Heywood Jason Byrne Susie Dent 120
3516 4/07/2003 P Lilian Bland 64 – 94 Ian Smith Jason Byrne Susie Dent 119
3517 7/07/2003 P Ian Smith 87 – 75 Simon Robson Jason Byrne Susie Dent 131
3518 8/07/2003 P Ian Smith 99 – 85 Jenny Fenn Jason Byrne Susie Dent 123
3519 9/07/2003 P Ian Smith 65 – 88 Nick Peel Jason Byrne Susie Dent 131
3520 10/07/2003 P Nick Peel 95 – 68 Kevin Murphy Keith Barron Alison Heard 132
3521 11/07/2003 P Nick Peel 90 – 82 Maureen Miles Keith Barron Alison Heard 122
3522 14/07/2003 P Nick Peel 91 – 62 Liz Scott Keith Barron Alison Heard 121
3523 15/07/2003 P Nick Peel 54 – 64 Jim Cantle Keith Barron Alison Heard 141
3524 16/07/2003 P Jim Cantle 75 – 71 Robin Garstone Keith Barron Alison Heard 119
3525 17/07/2003 P Jim Cantle 83 – 60 Anne Pagett Richard Wilson Susie Dent 141
3526 18/07/2003 P Jim Cantle 81 – 72 Martin Cresdee Richard Wilson Susie Dent 118
3527 21/07/2003 P Jim Cantle 81 – 95 Chris Cummins Richard Wilson Susie Dent 128
3528 22/07/2003 P Chris Cummins 105 – 47 May Fullegar Richard Wilson Susie Dent 140
3529 23/07/2003 P Chris Cummins 103 – 69 Graham Tonkin Richard Wilson Susie Dent 118
3530 29/07/2003 P Chris Cummins 108 – 38 Andrea Needham Richard Digance Susie Dent 131
3531 30/07/2003 P Chris Cummins 117 – 32 Ron Squire Richard Digance Susie Dent 132
3532 5/08/2003 P Chris Cummins 91 – 63 June Knott Richard Digance Susie Dent 126
3533 6/08/2003 P Chris Cummins 123 – 32 Richard Redman Richard Digance Susie Dent 137
3534 8/08/2003 P Chris Cummins 116 – 65 Peter Twydell Richard Digance Susie Dent 131
3535 11/08/2003 P Colin Askew 92 – 70 David Toll Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 119
3536 12/08/2003 P Colin Askew 79 – 121 Nick Smith Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 131
3537 13/08/2003 P Nick Smith 97 – 58 Janet Baker Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 119
3538 19/08/2003 P Nick Smith 58 – 83 Brian McKeon Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 119
3539 20/08/2003 P Brian McKeon 93 – 51 Reg Harding Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 119
3540 26/08/2003 P Brian McKeon 96 – 88 Pat Seymour Pam Ayres Susie Dent 120
3541 27/08/2003 P Brian McKeon 95 – 65 Maggi Mathiesen Pam Ayres Susie Dent 131
3542 28/08/2003 P Brian McKeon 70 – 79 Jim Bentley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 116
3543 29/08/2003 P Jim Bentley 101 – 51 Alison Ross Pam Ayres Susie Dent 125
3544 1/09/2003 P Jim Bentley 90 – 89 Stuart Lightfoot Pam Ayres Susie Dent 120
3545 15/09/2003 P Jim Bentley 112 – 62 Richard Francis Richard Digance Susie Dent 125
3546 16/09/2003 P Jim Bentley 82 – 66 Diana Smith Richard Digance Susie Dent 131
3547 17/09/2003 P Jim Bentley 83 – 79 David Moore Richard Digance Susie Dent 120
3548 18/09/2003 P Jim Bentley 96 – 51 Ruth Edmonds Richard Digance Susie Dent 122
3549 19/09/2003 P Jim Bentley 113 – 51 Irvine Henderson Richard Digance Susie Dent 119
3550 22/09/2003 P Geoff Trinick 71 – 65 Eric McDonnell Jennie Bond Susie Dent 142
3551 23/09/2003 P Geoff Trinick 72 – 69 John Britton Jennie Bond Susie Dent 132
3552 24/09/2003 P Geoff Trinick 43 – 77 Bonnie White Jennie Bond Susie Dent 119
3553 25/09/2003 P Bonnie White 94 – 55 Matt Blason Jennie Bond Susie Dent 119
3554 26/09/2003 P Bonnie White 78 – 59 Janet Chambers Jennie Bond Susie Dent 143
3555 29/09/2003 P Bonnie White 95 – 75 Peter Watkins Richard Griffiths Susie Dent 130
3556 30/09/2003 P Bonnie White 75 – 78 Scott Bowman Richard Griffiths Susie Dent 125
3557 1/10/2003 P Scott Bowman 102 – 76 Kerry Copland Richard Griffiths Susie Dent 135
3558 2/10/2003 P Scott Bowman 78 – 96 Jim Critchley Richard Griffiths Susie Dent 137
3559 3/10/2003 P Jim Critchley 60 – 84 Philip Whitnall Richard Griffiths Susie Dent 130
3560 6/10/2003 P Philip Whitnall 93 – 61 David Burke Tom O'Connor Alison Heard 154
3561 7/10/2003 P Philip Whitnall 71 – 68 Susan Mulkeen Tom O'Connor Alison Heard 117
3562 8/10/2003 P Philip Whitnall 100 – 53 Peter Leabourne Tom O'Connor Alison Heard 129
3563 9/10/2003 P Philip Whitnall 95 – 75 Gill Jolly Tom O'Connor Alison Heard 133
3564 10/10/2003 P Philip Whitnall 49 – 97 Ayoola Erinle Tom O'Connor Alison Heard 128
3565 13/10/2003 P Ayoola Erinle 73 – 66 Heather Burger Mo Mowlam Susie Dent 131
3566 14/10/2003 P Ayoola Erinle 56 – 73 Paul Trow Mo Mowlam Susie Dent 124
3567 15/10/2003 P Paul Trow 90 – 78 Mike Adcock Mo Mowlam Susie Dent 127
3568 16/10/2003 P Paul Trow 78 – 82 Bob Selby Mo Mowlam Susie Dent 133
3569 17/10/2003 P Bob Selby 63 – 61 Rajesh Kesur Mo Mowlam Susie Dent 122
3570 20/10/2003 P Bob Selby 89 – 73 Geoff Buck Keith Barron Susie Dent 121
3571 21/10/2003 P Bob Selby 84 – 96 Gail Richman Keith Barron Susie Dent 120
3572 22/10/2003 P Gail Richman 65 – 82 Eamonn Timmins Keith Barron Susie Dent 122
3573 23/10/2003 P Eamonn Timmins 95 – 74 Carolyn Lysons Keith Barron Susie Dent 131
3574 24/10/2003 P Eamonn Timmins 99 – 59 Stuart Black Keith Barron Susie Dent 131
3575 27/10/2003 P Eamonn Timmins 95 – 66 Mary Holgate Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 121
3576 28/10/2003 P Eamonn Timmins 70 – 105 Stuart Solomons Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 164
3577 29/10/2003 P Stuart Solomons 96 – 31 Barry Gray Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 122
3578 30/10/2003 P Stuart Solomons 104 – 34 Sheila Bearfield Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 131
3579 31/10/2003 P Stuart Solomons 117 – 25 Sue Hearn Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 129
3580 3/11/2003 P Stuart Solomons 97 – 78 Ajaz Iqbal Barry Norman Susie Dent 123
3581 4/11/2003 P Stuart Solomons 99 – 73 Tricia Cooper Barry Norman Susie Dent 132
3582 5/11/2003 P Stuart Solomons 86 – 54 Alex Fish Barry Norman Susie Dent 120
3583 6/11/2003 P Stuart Solomons 92 – 76 Bob Brock Barry Norman Susie Dent 120
3584 7/11/2003 P Simon Chapman 84 – 69 Margaret Swaffield Barry Norman Susie Dent 120
3585 10/11/2003 P Simon Chapman 85 – 78 Philip Milne Peter Baldwin Susie Dent 120
3586 11/11/2003 P Simon Chapman 47 – 83 Mark Pavey Peter Baldwin Susie Dent 119
3587 12/11/2003 P Mark Pavey 100 – 36 Sheila Travers Peter Baldwin Susie Dent 122
3588 13/11/2003 P Mark Pavey 92 – 70 Gareth Johnson Peter Baldwin Susie Dent 133
3589 14/11/2003 P Mark Pavey 68 – 83 Stuart Earl Peter Baldwin Susie Dent 121
3590 17/11/2003 P Stuart Earl 112 – 63 Josie Tapp Sue MacGregor Richard Samson 140
3591 18/11/2003 P Stuart Earl 98 – 90 Paul Skingsley Sue MacGregor Richard Samson 119
3592 19/11/2003 P Stuart Earl 98 – 85 Jason Reed Sue MacGregor Richard Samson 121
3593 20/11/2003 P Stuart Earl 107 – 53 Helen O'Rourke Sue MacGregor Richard Samson 134
3594 21/11/2003 P Stuart Earl 85 – 69 Neil Green Sue MacGregor Richard Samson 119
3595 24/11/2003 P Stuart Earl 111 – 64 Peter Deakin Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 120
3596 25/11/2003 P Stuart Earl 113 – 35 Barbara Taylor Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 130
3597 26/11/2003 P Jane Chand 49 – 108 Adam Laws Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 118
3598 27/11/2003 P Adam Laws 89 – 86 John Charleston-Stokes Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 121
3599 28/11/2003 P Adam Laws 92 – 54 Rebecca Pasha Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 119
3600 1/12/2003 P Adam Laws 83 – 72 Dudley Turner Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 118
3601 2/12/2003 P Adam Laws 93 – 57 Kevin Chandler Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 121
3602 3/12/2003 P Adam Laws 123 – 38 Bob Gardiner Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 125
3603 4/12/2003 P Adam Laws 89 – 90 Lynda House Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 137
3604 5/12/2003 P Lynda House 70 – 56 Brian Bottomley Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 142
3605 8/12/2003 P Lynda House 78 – 95 Steve Graston Tim Rice Susie Dent 140
3606 9/12/2003 P Steve Graston 95 – 59 Carol Bestwick Tim Rice Susie Dent 120
3607 10/12/2003 P Steve Graston 105 – 20 Robin Barnett Tim Rice Susie Dent 153
3608 11/12/2003 QF Brian McKeon 58 – 107 Chris Cummins Tim Rice Susie Dent 121
3609 12/12/2003 QF Stuart Earl 87 – 88 Eamonn Timmins Tim Rice Susie Dent 117
3610 15/12/2003 QF Stuart Solomons 87 – 69 Philip Whitnall Richard Digance Susie Dent 118
3611 16/12/2003 QF Jim Bentley 78 – 88 Adam Laws Richard Digance Susie Dent 118
3612 17/12/2003 SF Adam Laws 59 – 97 Chris Cummins Richard Digance Susie Dent 111
3613 18/12/2003 SF Eamonn Timmins 96 – 85 Stuart Solomons Richard Digance Susie Dent 121
3614 19/12/2003 GF Chris Cummins 122 – 86 Eamonn Timmins Richard Digance Susie Dent 133

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