Steve Baines was a finalist in Series 57. He was a library cataloguer at the University of Wales, Lampeter.
He won his first game against Martin May - a very close affair as he went into the conundrum 14 points ahead, although it was Martin that got the conundrum to lose by just 4 points. He ran off another 6 wins including a score of 115 – 32 against Janet Hocking. In his 8th game, bidding to be an octochamp he lost by just 7 points, they key word being the invalid mistrued ☓ in round 12, which made it impossible for him to win on the conundrum. Baines did return however as the #7 seeds come the series finals, and faced James Hurrell. The game was tight from the start and it eventually led to a crucial conundrum. It was Bainesthat buzzed in with BOULEVARD first to claim a 100 – 83 victory. Baines' points total (758) is the highest ever total for a non-octochamp.
In the Series' semi-final, it was Baines against Hansford as he faced #3 seed Jeffrey Hansford. The game was again close, but this time it was Hansford that came out the winner 81 – 66, by just 15 points.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4416||15/08/2007||P||Martin May||73 – 77||Steve Baines||Ricky Tomlinson||Susie Dent||118|
|4417||16/08/2007||P||Steve Baines||93 – 71||Neil Wood||Ricky Tomlinson||Susie Dent||134|
|4418||17/08/2007||P||Steve Baines||115 – 32||Janet Hocking||Ricky Tomlinson||Susie Dent||130|
|4419||20/08/2007||P||Steve Baines||89 – 74||Alex Morrison||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||132|
|4420||21/08/2007||P||Steve Baines||90 – 65||Celia Harris||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||119|
|4421||22/08/2007||P||Steve Baines||109 – 83||Margaret Say||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||128|
|4422||23/08/2007||P||Steve Baines||99 – 55||Charlie Shaw||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||119|
|4423||24/08/2007||P||Steve Baines||86 – 93||Grant Woods||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||132|
|4503||14/12/2007||QF||Steve Baines||100 – 83||James Hurrell||Henry Blofeld||Alison Heard||129|
|4507||20/12/2007||SF||Steve Baines||66 – 81||Jeffrey Hansford||Pam Ayres||Alison Heard||136|
|4737||16/01/2009||CP||Nick Wainwright||105 – 85||Steve Baines||Andrew Sachs||Susie Dent||118|