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The '''Countdown 30th Birthday Championship''' will be filmed in late 2012 and early 2013 and broadcast in early 2013 to celebrate thirty years of Countdown. Over 200 past contestants applied to take part; 41 were selected by producer [[Damian Eadie]] to participate. Nine preliminary games will narrow the field to 32 contestants, who will then compete in a straight knockout for the championship.
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[[Image:30th Birthday Championship group photo.jpg|right|thumb|The 30th Birthday Championship group photo, taken after [[Conor Travers]] defeated [[Jack Hurst]] in the final.]]
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[[Image:30BC-Trophy.jpg|right|thumb|The “kryptonite”, which every participant received.]]
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[[Image:Cecil 2013.jpg|right|thumb|The new CECIL, which debuted on [[Episode 5625]], following the show's move to MediaCityUK in Salford.]]
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The '''30th Birthday Championship''' was a mini-series broadcast between 7 January 2013 and 1 March 2013, held to celebrate ''[[Countdown]]'' being broadcast on British television for 30 years. Featuring some of the greatest players ever, it was won by [[Conor Travers]].
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==Participants==
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Series producer [[Damian Eadie]] posted details of the tournament on the [[c4countdown]] forum in September 2012, and over 200 former [[contestant]]s expressed their interest in participating. This was whittled down to just 41, spanning 63 of ''Countdown''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s 67 series and including 15 [[series champion]]s. Contestants from [[Series 60]] through [[Series 66|66]] were especially emphasised within the lineup, occupying nearly 40% of the seats, due to the regular [[Championship of Champions]] tournaments to which they would normally be invited having been on hiatus at the time. The success of the 30th Birthday event is thought to have contributed to the eventual revival of CoC events.
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:The participants are listed by the series that they are most commonly associated with (Series champions are in '''bold'''):
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The mini-series lasted for eight weeks on screen and consisted of 40 episodes, the first nine of which were preliminary games followed by a 32-way knock-out tournament. Production moved to a studio at {{w|MediaCityUK}} in Salford, ''Countdown''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s third permanent home in the show’s history, midway through the series. The first episode to be filmed there, which also featured new scoreboards and target generator, aired on 21st January 2013.
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The series consisted mainly of close, high-scoring and record-breaking games. Notable moments in the first round proper included [[Series 60]] champion [[Kirk Bevins]] scoring [[Episode 5634|130 points]] out of a possible 130, the second [[15 round format|15 round]] [[List of Countdown terminology|perfect game]] in the history of ''Countdown'', and [[Series 63]] champion [[Jack Hurst]] missing out on beating the show's [[List_of_Countdown_records#High_scores|highest ever score]] of 146, after the invalid declaration {{word|spousing}} {{x}} gave him a total of 143. Round 2 included [[Episode 5642|another perfect game]] as [[Series 54]] champion [[Conor Travers]] beat Chris Hawkins with 119 points out of 119. The second round also featured two consecutive tie-breaker [[conundrum]]s &ndash; [[David O'Donnell]] unscrambled {{word|BAGOGLORY}} to [[Episode 5644|defeat]] [[Chris Davies (Series 61)|Chris Davies]], and Kirk Bevins solved {{word|BARRYDICK}} to [[Episode 5645|claim victory]] over [[Innis Carson]]. The quarter-finals saw [[Jonathan Rawlinson]] and Jack Hurst progress, and contained two more perfect games &ndash; Conor Travers achieved a [[Episode 5650|second on the bounce]], and [[Jon O'Neill]] amassed a perfect [[Episode 5649|122]], the highest score ever achieved on ''Countdown'' with no [[nine-letter word]]s.
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In the [[Episode 5652|first semi-final]], both Rawlinson and Hurst started with the nine-letter word {{word|CATENOIDS}}. Their scores remained level until round 11, when an invalid declaration gave Rawlinson a six point lead. However, this proved insufficient when Hurst unravelled the conundrum {{word|TURNMOIST}} to reach the final. The [[Episode 5653|second semi-final]] featured O'Neill and Travers, the men who had achieved perfect games in their quarter-final matches. Their form continued and between them they gained maximum points with 28 of their 29 declarations, and Travers won with his third consecutive perfect game. Early in the [[Episode 5654|ultimate final]], Travers gained an 18 point lead after Hurst missed the nine {{word|PONYTAILS}}. This was immediately followed by two further nines, the first known "ambulance" (9-9-9) in the history of televised ''Countdown''. Travers was able to extend his lead in the last letters round by spotting {{word|POMADES}} to win the final match with a score of a hefty 146 points, equalling the highest ever score set by [[Julian Fell]] at the time. Travers' prize - a trophy which [[host]] [[Nick Hewer]] referred to as a "priceless piece of kryptonite" - was presented by [[Marcel Stellman]], who originally brought the ''Countdown'' format to Britain. All participants received a smaller version of the trophy for participating, and those who appeared on the show before 1999 received the teapot.
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==Participants==
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The participants, listed by the series with which they are most commonly associated, are:
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*[[Series 4]]: [[Christine Hunt (Series 4)|Christine Hunt]]
*[[Series 4]]: [[Christine Hunt (Series 4)|Christine Hunt]]
*[[Series 6]]: '''[[Darryl Francis]]'''
*[[Series 6]]: '''[[Darryl Francis]]'''
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*[[Series 38]]: '''[[John Ashmore]]''', [[Jill Bright]]
*[[Series 38]]: '''[[John Ashmore]]''', [[Jill Bright]]
*[[Series 43]]: [[David Williams (Series 43)|David Williams]]
*[[Series 43]]: [[David Williams (Series 43)|David Williams]]
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*[[Series 44]]: [[David Hoskisson]]
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{{Col-break}}
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*[[Series 44]]: [[David Hoskisson|Dave Hoskisson]]
*[[Series 46]]: '''[[Ben Wilson]]'''
*[[Series 46]]: '''[[Ben Wilson]]'''
*[[Series 47]]: '''[[Chris Wills]]''', [[Tom Hargreaves]]
*[[Series 47]]: '''[[Chris Wills]]''', [[Tom Hargreaves]]
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*[[Series 56]]: '''[[Nick Wainwright]]'''
*[[Series 56]]: '''[[Nick Wainwright]]'''
*[[Series 58]]: '''[[David O'Donnell]]'''
*[[Series 58]]: '''[[David O'Donnell]]'''
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{{Col-break}}
*[[Series 59]]: [[Martin Bishop]], [[Kai Laddiman]]
*[[Series 59]]: [[Martin Bishop]], [[Kai Laddiman]]
*[[Series 60]]: '''[[Kirk Bevins]]''', [[Neil Zussman]]
*[[Series 60]]: '''[[Kirk Bevins]]''', [[Neil Zussman]]
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*[[Series 62]]: [[Nicki Sellars]]
*[[Series 62]]: [[Nicki Sellars]]
*[[Series 63]]: '''[[Jack Hurst]]''', [[Tom Rowell]]
*[[Series 63]]: '''[[Jack Hurst]]''', [[Tom Rowell]]
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*[[Series 64]]: '''[[Edward McCullagh]]''', [[Adam Gillard]]
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*[[Series 64]]: '''[[Edward McCullagh|Ed McCullagh]]''', [[Adam Gillard]]
*[[Series 65]]: '''[[Graeme Cole]]''', [[Mark Deeks]], [[Paul Keane]]
*[[Series 65]]: '''[[Graeme Cole]]''', [[Mark Deeks]], [[Paul Keane]]
*[[Series 66]]: '''[[Jack Worsley]]''', [[Jonathan Rawlinson]], [[Peter Lee]]
*[[Series 66]]: '''[[Jack Worsley]]''', [[Jonathan Rawlinson]], [[Peter Lee]]
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Series champions are displayed in '''bold'''.
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==Fixtures==
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==Progress (Round 1 and beyond only)==
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<table class="progress">
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">[[Peter Lee]] ([[Series 66|66]]) vs '''[[Tom Rowell]]''' ([[Series 63|63]]) </td>
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  <td rowspan="2" class="cocr2">[[Tom Rowell]] vs '''[[Jonathan Rawlinson]]'''</td>
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  <td rowspan="4" class="cocqf">'''[[Jonathan Rawlinson]]''' vs [[Neil Zussman]]</td>
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  <td rowspan="8" class="cocsf">[[Jonathan Rawlinson]] vs '''[[Jack Hurst]]'''</td>
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  <td rowspan="16" class="cocf">[[Jack Hurst]] vs '''[[Conor Travers]]'''</td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">[[Andrew Hulme]] ([[Series 61|61]]) vs '''[[Jonathan Rawlinson]]''' ([[Series 66|66]]) </td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">[[Paul Keane]] ([[Series 65|65]]) vs '''[[Neil Zussman]]''' ([[Series 60|60]]) </td>
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  <td rowspan="2" class="cocr2">[[David Hoskisson|Dave Hoskisson]] vs '''[[Neil Zussman]]'''</td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">'''[[David Hoskisson|Dave Hoskisson]]''' ([[Series 44|44]]) vs [[Mike Whiteoak]] ([[Series 13|13]]) </td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">[[Martin Bishop]] ([[Series 59|59]]) vs '''[[Chris Wills]]''' ([[Series 47|47]]) </td>
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  <td rowspan="2" class="cocr2">[[Chris Wills]] vs '''[[Jack Hurst]]'''</td>
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  <td rowspan="4" class="cocqf">'''[[Jack Hurst]]''' vs [[David O'Donnell]]</td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">[[Wayne Kelly]] ([[Series 28|28]]) vs '''[[Jack Hurst]]''' ([[Series 63|63]]) </td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">'''[[David O'Donnell]]''' ([[Series 58|58]]) vs [[Tom Hargreaves]] ([[Series 47|47]]) </td>
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  <td rowspan="2" class="cocr2">[[Chris Davies (Series 61)|Chris Davies]] vs '''[[David O'Donnell]]'''</td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">[[David Williams (Series 43)|David Williams]] ([[Series 43|43]]) vs '''[[Chris Davies (Series 61)|Chris Davies]]''' ([[Series 61|61]])</td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">[[Kai Laddiman]] ([[Series 59|59]]) vs '''[[Jon O'Neill]]''' ([[Series 53|53]]) </td>
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  <td rowspan="2" class="cocr2">'''[[Jon O'Neill]]''' vs [[Darryl Francis]]</td>
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  <td rowspan="4" class="cocqf">'''[[Jon O'Neill]]''' vs [[Jack Worsley]]</td>
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  <td rowspan="8" class="cocsf">[[Jon O'Neill]] vs '''[[Conor Travers]]'''
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">'''[[Darryl Francis]]''' ([[Series 6|6]]) vs [[Barry Grossman]] ([[Series 21|21]]) </td>
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  </tr>
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  <td class="coc">'''[[Christine Hunt (Series 4)|Christine Hunt]]''' ([[Series 4|4]]) vs [[Sandie Simonis]] ([[Series 8|8]]) </td>
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  <td rowspan="2" class="cocr2">[[Christine Hunt (Series 4)|Christine Hunt]] vs '''[[Jack Worsley]]'''</td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">[[Graeme Cole]] ([[Series 65|65]]) vs '''[[Jack Worsley]]''' ([[Series 66|66]]) </td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">'''[[Chris Hawkins]]''' ([[Series 28|28]]) vs [[Jill Bright]] ([[Series 38|38]]) </td>
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  <td rowspan="2" class="cocr2">[[Chris Hawkins]] vs '''[[Conor Travers]]'''</td>
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  <td rowspan="4" class="cocqf">'''[[Conor Travers]]''' vs [[Kirk Bevins]]</td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">'''[[Conor Travers]]''' ([[Series 54|54]]) vs [[Mark Tournoff]] ([[Series 52|52]]) </td>
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  </tr>
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  <td class="coc">'''[[Innis Carson]]''' ([[Series 61|61]]) vs [[Adam Gillard]] ([[Series 64|64]]) </td>
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  <td rowspan="2" class="cocr2">[[Innis Carson]] vs '''[[Kirk Bevins]]'''</td>
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  </tr>
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  <tr>
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  <td class="coc">[[John Ashmore]] ([[Series 38|38]]) vs '''[[Kirk Bevins]]''' ([[Series 60|60]])</td>
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  </tr>
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</table>
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<center>The winner of each game is displayed in '''bold'''.
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The numbers refer to the [[Series Winners|series]] in which each contestant originally played in the finals.</center>
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==Episodes==
{{episode table}}
{{episode table}}
{{episode table block|Preliminary Round}}
{{episode table block|Preliminary Round}}
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{{ep | 5615 | 7/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Tom Hargreaves]]| - |[[Nicki Sellars]]|tba|[[Susie Dent]]|}}
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{{ep | 5615 | 7/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Tom Hargreaves]]| 117 - 57 |[[Nicki Sellars]]|[[Dave Myers]]|[[Susie Dent]]|131}}
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{{ep | 5616 | 8/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Wayne Kelly]]| - |[[Nick Wainwright]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5616 | 8/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Wayne Kelly]]| 105 - 68 |[[Nick Wainwright]]|Dave Myers|Susie Dent|120}}
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{{ep | 5617 | 9/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Mark Deeks]]| - |[[Jack Hurst]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5617 | 9/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Mark Deeks]]| 103 - 108 |[[Jack Hurst]]|Dave Myers|Susie Dent|120}}
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{{ep | 5618 | 10/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Ben Wilson]]| - |[[Conor Travers]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5618 | 10/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Ben Wilson]]| 91 - 117 |[[Conor Travers]]|Dave Myers|Susie Dent|126}}
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{{ep | 5619 | 11/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Mark Tournoff]]| - |[[Nick Deller]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5619 | 11/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Mark Tournoff]]| 101 - 100 |[[Nick Deller]]|Dave Myers|Susie Dent|119}}
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{{ep | 5620 | 14/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Darryl Francis]]| - |[[David Webb]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5620 | 14/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Darryl Francis]]| 86 - 68 |[[David Webb]]|[[Martin Lewis]]|Susie Dent|119}}
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{{ep | 5621 | 15/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Jackie McLeod]]| - |[[Barry Grossman]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5621 | 15/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Jackie McLeod]]| 65 - 79 |[[Barry Grossman]]|Martin Lewis|Susie Dent|119}}
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{{ep | 5622 | 16/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Andrew Hulme]]| - |[[Steven Briers]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5622 | 16/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Andrew Hulme]]| 113 - 74 |[[Steven Briers]]|Martin Lewis|Susie Dent|127}}
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{{ep | 5623 | 17/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Edward McCullagh]]| - |[[Jonathan Rawlinson]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5623 | 17/01/2013 | 30BP |[[Edward McCullagh|Ed McCullagh]]| 94 - 104* |[[Jonathan Rawlinson]]|Martin Lewis|Susie Dent|117}}
{{episode table block|Round 1}}
{{episode table block|Round 1}}
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{{ep | 5624 | 18/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Peter Lee]]| - |[[Tom Rowell]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5624 | 18/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Peter Lee]]| 84 - 92 |[[Tom Rowell]]|Martin Lewis|Susie Dent|131}}
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{{ep | 5625 | 21/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Kai Laddiman]]| - |[[Jon O'Neill]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5625 | 21/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Kai Laddiman]]| 76 - 101 |[[Jon O'Neill]]|[[Margaret Mountford]]|Susie Dent|132}}
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{{ep | 5626 | 22/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Chris Hawkins]]| - |[[Jill Bright]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5626 | 22/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Chris Hawkins]]| 95 - 51 |[[Jill Bright]]|Margaret Mountford|Susie Dent|123}}
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{{ep | 5627 | 23/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Martin Bishop]]| - |[[Chris Wills]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5627 | 23/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Martin Bishop]]| 99 - 102 |[[Chris Wills]]|Margaret Mountford|Susie Dent|124}}
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{{ep | 5628 | 24/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[David Williams (Series 43)|David Williams]]| - |[[Chris Davies (Series 61)|Chris Davies]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5628 | 24/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[David Williams (Series 43)|David Williams]]| 58 - 108 |[[Chris Davies (Series 61)|Chris Davies]]|Margaret Mountford|Susie Dent|119}}
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{{ep | 5629 | 25/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Innis Carson]]| - |[[Adam Gillard]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5629 | 25/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Innis Carson]]| 116 - 91 |[[Adam Gillard]]|Margaret Mountford|Susie Dent|137}}
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{{ep | 5630 | 28/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Christine Hunt (Series 4)|Christine Hunt]]| - |[[Sandie Simonis]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5630 | 28/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Christine Hunt (Series 4)|Christine Hunt]]| 88* - 78 |[[Sandie Simonis]]|[[Mark Foster]]|Susie Dent|134}}
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{{ep | 5631 | 29/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Paul Keane]]| - |[[Neil Zussman]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5631 | 29/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Paul Keane]]| 81 - 99 |[[Neil Zussman]]|Mark Foster|Susie Dent|131}}
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{{ep | 5632 | 30/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[David Hoskisson]]| - |[[Mike Whiteoak]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5632 | 30/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[David Hoskisson|Dave Hoskisson]]| 85 - 81 |[[Mike Whiteoak]]|Mark Foster|Susie Dent|125}}
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{{ep | 5633 | 31/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Graeme Cole]]| - |[[Jack Worsley]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5633 | 31/01/2013 | 30B1 |[[Graeme Cole]]| 98 - 104 |[[Jack Worsley]]|Mark Foster|Susie Dent|118}}
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{{ep | 5634 | 1/02/2013 | 30B1 |[[John Ashmore]]| - |[[Kirk Bevins]]|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5634 | 1/02/2013 | 30B1 |[[John Ashmore]]| 92 - '''130''' |'''[[Kirk Bevins]]'''|Mark Foster|Susie Dent|'''130'''}}
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{{ep | 5635 | 4/02/2013 | 30B1 |[[David O'Donnell]]| - |Winner 5617|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5635 | 4/02/2013 | 30B1 |[[David O'Donnell]]| 111 - 86 |[[Tom Hargreaves]]|[[Kate Adie]]|Susie Dent|128}}
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{{ep | 5636 | 5/02/2013 | 30B1 |Winner 5618| - |Winner 5619|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5636 | 5/02/2013 | 30B1 |[[Wayne Kelly]]| 89 - 143 |[[Jack Hurst]]|Kate Adie|Susie Dent|152}}
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{{ep | 5637 | 6/02/2013 | 30B1 |Winner 5620| - |Winner 5621|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5637 | 6/02/2013 | 30B1 |[[Conor Travers]]| 112 - 62 |[[Mark Tournoff]]|Kate Adie|Susie Dent|119}}
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{{ep | 5638 | 7/02/2013 | 30B1 |Winner 5622| - |Winner 5623|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5638 | 7/02/2013 | 30B1 |[[Darryl Francis]]| 82 - 63 |[[Barry Grossman]]|Kate Adie|Susie Dent|118}}
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{{ep | 5639 | 8/02/2013 | 30B1 |Winner 5624| - |Winner 5625|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5639 | 8/02/2013 | 30B1 |[[Andrew Hulme]]| 91 - 98 |[[Jonathan Rawlinson]]|Kate Adie|Susie Dent|115}}
{{episode table block|Round 2}}
{{episode table block|Round 2}}
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{{ep | 5640 | 11/02/2013 | 30B2 |Winner 5626| - |Winner 5641|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5640 | 11/02/2013 | 30B2 |[[Tom Rowell]]| 65 - 94 |[[Jonathan Rawlinson]]|[[Ken Bruce]]|Susie Dent|128}}
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{{ep | 5641 | 12/02/2013 | 30B2 |Winner 5627| - |Winner 5640|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5641 | 12/02/2013 | 30B2 |[[Jon O'Neill]]| 122 - 91 |[[Darryl Francis]]|Ken Bruce|Susie Dent|130}}
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{{ep | 5642 | 13/02/2013 | 30B2 |Winner 5628| - |Winner 5639|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5642 | 13/02/2013 | 30B2 |[[Chris Hawkins]]| 85 - '''119''' |'''[[Conor Travers]]'''|Ken Bruce|Susie Dent|'''119'''}}
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{{ep | 5643 | 14/02/2013 | 30B2 |Winner 5629| - |Winner 5638|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5643 | 14/02/2013 | 30B2 |[[Chris Wills]]| 70 - 115 |[[Jack Hurst]]|Ken Bruce|Susie Dent|119}}
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{{ep | 5644 | 15/02/2013 | 30B2 |Winner 5630| - |Winner 5637|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5644 | 15/02/2013 | 30B2 |[[Chris Davies (Series 61)|Chris Davies]]| 117 - 127* |[[David O'Donnell]]|Ken Bruce|Susie Dent|140}}
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{{ep | 5645 | 18/02/2013 | 30B2 |Winner 5631| - |Winner 5636|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5645 | 18/02/2013 | 30B2 |[[Innis Carson]]| 102 - 112* |[[Kirk Bevins]]|[[Dr Phil Hammond]]|Susie Dent|120}}
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{{ep | 5646 | 19/02/2013 | 30B2 |Winner 5632| - |Winner 5635|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5646 | 19/02/2013 | 30B2 |[[Christine Hunt (Series 4)|Christine Hunt]]| 67 - 115 |[[Jack Worsley]]|Dr Phil Hammond|Susie Dent|117}}
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{{ep | 5647 | 20/02/2013 | 30B2 |Winner 5634| - |Winner 5633|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5647 | 20/02/2013 | 30B2 |[[David Hoskisson|Dave Hoskisson]]| 75 - 90 |[[Neil Zussman]]|Dr Phil Hammond|Susie Dent|117}}
{{episode table block|Quarter-Finals}}
{{episode table block|Quarter-Finals}}
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{{ep | 5648 | 21/02/2013 | 30BQF |Winner 5642| - |Winner 5649|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5648 | 21/02/2013 | 30BQF |[[Jonathan Rawlinson]]| 118 - 53 |[[Neil Zussman]]|Dr Phil Hammond|Susie Dent|119}}
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{{ep | 5649 | 22/02/2013 | 30BQF |Winner 5643| - |Winner 5648|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5649 | 22/02/2013 | 30BQF |'''[[Jon O'Neill]]'''| '''122''' - 104 |[[Jack Worsley]]|Dr Phil Hammond|Susie Dent|'''122'''}}
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{{ep | 5650 | 25/02/2013 | 30BQF |Winner 5644| - |Winner 5647|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5650 | 25/02/2013 | 30BQF |'''[[Conor Travers]]'''| '''119''' - 94 |[[Kirk Bevins]]|[[Jenny Eclair]]|Susie Dent|'''119'''}}
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{{ep | 5651 | 26/02/2013 | 30BQF |Winner 5645| - |Winner 5646|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5651 | 26/02/2013 | 30BQF |[[Jack Hurst]]| 115 - 97 |[[David O'Donnell]]|Jenny Eclair|Susie Dent|122}}
{{episode table block|Semi-Finals}}
{{episode table block|Semi-Finals}}
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{{ep | 5652 | 27/02/2013 | 30BSF |Winner 5650| - |Winner 5653|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5652 | 27/02/2013 | 30BSF |[[Jonathan Rawlinson]]| 105 - 116 |[[Jack Hurst]]|Jenny Eclair|Susie Dent|126}}
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{{ep | 5653 | 28/02/2013 | 30BSF |Winner 5651| - |Winner 5652|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5653 | 28/02/2013 | 30BSF |[[Jon O'Neill]]| 102 - '''120''' |'''[[Conor Travers]]'''|Jenny Eclair|Susie Dent|'''120'''}}
{{episode table block|Grand Final}}
{{episode table block|Grand Final}}
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{{ep | 5654 | 1/03/2013 | 30BGF |Winner 5654| - |Winner 5655|tba|Susie Dent|}}
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{{ep | 5654 | 1/03/2013 | 30BGF |[[Jack Hurst]]| 111 - 146 |[[Conor Travers]]|Jenny Eclair|Susie Dent|149}}
{{episode table end}}
{{episode table end}}
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<center>Note: Dates are tentative, but C1 & C2 positions for each game are confirmed.</center>
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<center>* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum</center>
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The 30th Birthday Championship group photo, taken after Conor Travers defeated Jack Hurst in the final.
The “kryptonite”, which every participant received.
The new CECIL, which debuted on Episode 5625, following the show's move to MediaCityUK in Salford.

The 30th Birthday Championship was a mini-series broadcast between 7 January 2013 and 1 March 2013, held to celebrate Countdown being broadcast on British television for 30 years. Featuring some of the greatest players ever, it was won by Conor Travers.

Series producer Damian Eadie posted details of the tournament on the c4countdown forum in September 2012, and over 200 former contestants expressed their interest in participating. This was whittled down to just 41, spanning 63 of Countdown's 67 series and including 15 series champions. Contestants from Series 60 through 66 were especially emphasised within the lineup, occupying nearly 40% of the seats, due to the regular Championship of Champions tournaments to which they would normally be invited having been on hiatus at the time. The success of the 30th Birthday event is thought to have contributed to the eventual revival of CoC events.

The mini-series lasted for eight weeks on screen and consisted of 40 episodes, the first nine of which were preliminary games followed by a 32-way knock-out tournament. Production moved to a studio at MediaCityUK in Salford, Countdown's third permanent home in the show’s history, midway through the series. The first episode to be filmed there, which also featured new scoreboards and target generator, aired on 21st January 2013.

The series consisted mainly of close, high-scoring and record-breaking games. Notable moments in the first round proper included Series 60 champion Kirk Bevins scoring 130 points out of a possible 130, the second 15 round perfect game in the history of Countdown, and Series 63 champion Jack Hurst missing out on beating the show's highest ever score of 146, after the invalid declaration spousing ☓ gave him a total of 143. Round 2 included another perfect game as Series 54 champion Conor Travers beat Chris Hawkins with 119 points out of 119. The second round also featured two consecutive tie-breaker conundrumsDavid O'Donnell unscrambled BAGOGLORY to defeat Chris Davies, and Kirk Bevins solved BARRYDICK to claim victory over Innis Carson. The quarter-finals saw Jonathan Rawlinson and Jack Hurst progress, and contained two more perfect games – Conor Travers achieved a second on the bounce, and Jon O'Neill amassed a perfect 122, the highest score ever achieved on Countdown with no nine-letter words.

In the first semi-final, both Rawlinson and Hurst started with the nine-letter word CATENOIDS. Their scores remained level until round 11, when an invalid declaration gave Rawlinson a six point lead. However, this proved insufficient when Hurst unravelled the conundrum TURNMOIST to reach the final. The second semi-final featured O'Neill and Travers, the men who had achieved perfect games in their quarter-final matches. Their form continued and between them they gained maximum points with 28 of their 29 declarations, and Travers won with his third consecutive perfect game. Early in the ultimate final, Travers gained an 18 point lead after Hurst missed the nine PONYTAILS. This was immediately followed by two further nines, the first known "ambulance" (9-9-9) in the history of televised Countdown. Travers was able to extend his lead in the last letters round by spotting POMADES to win the final match with a score of a hefty 146 points, equalling the highest ever score set by Julian Fell at the time. Travers' prize - a trophy which host Nick Hewer referred to as a "priceless piece of kryptonite" - was presented by Marcel Stellman, who originally brought the Countdown format to Britain. All participants received a smaller version of the trophy for participating, and those who appeared on the show before 1999 received the teapot.

Participants

The participants, listed by the series with which they are most commonly associated, are:

Series champions are displayed in bold.

Progress (Round 1 and beyond only)

Peter Lee (66) vs Tom Rowell (63) Tom Rowell vs Jonathan Rawlinson Jonathan Rawlinson vs Neil Zussman Jonathan Rawlinson vs Jack Hurst Jack Hurst vs Conor Travers
Andrew Hulme (61) vs Jonathan Rawlinson (66)
Paul Keane (65) vs Neil Zussman (60) Dave Hoskisson vs Neil Zussman
Dave Hoskisson (44) vs Mike Whiteoak (13)
Martin Bishop (59) vs Chris Wills (47) Chris Wills vs Jack Hurst Jack Hurst vs David O'Donnell
Wayne Kelly (28) vs Jack Hurst (63)
David O'Donnell (58) vs Tom Hargreaves (47) Chris Davies vs David O'Donnell
David Williams (43) vs Chris Davies (61)
Kai Laddiman (59) vs Jon O'Neill (53) Jon O'Neill vs Darryl Francis Jon O'Neill vs Jack Worsley Jon O'Neill vs Conor Travers
Darryl Francis (6) vs Barry Grossman (21)
Christine Hunt (4) vs Sandie Simonis (8) Christine Hunt vs Jack Worsley
Graeme Cole (65) vs Jack Worsley (66)
Chris Hawkins (28) vs Jill Bright (38) Chris Hawkins vs Conor Travers Conor Travers vs Kirk Bevins
Conor Travers (54) vs Mark Tournoff (52)
Innis Carson (61) vs Adam Gillard (64) Innis Carson vs Kirk Bevins
John Ashmore (38) vs Kirk Bevins (60)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold. The numbers refer to the series in which each contestant originally played in the finals.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
Preliminary Round
5615 7/01/2013 30BP Tom Hargreaves 117 – 57 Nicki Sellars Dave Myers Susie Dent 131
5616 8/01/2013 30BP Wayne Kelly 105 – 68 Nick Wainwright Dave Myers Susie Dent 120
5617 9/01/2013 30BP Mark Deeks 103 – 108 Jack Hurst Dave Myers Susie Dent 120
5618 10/01/2013 30BP Ben Wilson 91 – 117 Conor Travers Dave Myers Susie Dent 126
5619 11/01/2013 30BP Mark Tournoff 101 – 100 Nick Deller Dave Myers Susie Dent 119
5620 14/01/2013 30BP Darryl Francis 86 – 68 David Webb Martin Lewis Susie Dent 119
5621 15/01/2013 30BP Jackie McLeod 65 – 79 Barry Grossman Martin Lewis Susie Dent 119
5622 16/01/2013 30BP Andrew Hulme 113 – 74 Steven Briers Martin Lewis Susie Dent 127
5623 17/01/2013 30BP Ed McCullagh 94 – 104* Jonathan Rawlinson Martin Lewis Susie Dent 117
Round 1
5624 18/01/2013 30B1 Peter Lee 84 – 92 Tom Rowell Martin Lewis Susie Dent 131
5625 21/01/2013 30B1 Kai Laddiman 76 – 101 Jon O'Neill Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 132
5626 22/01/2013 30B1 Chris Hawkins 95 – 51 Jill Bright Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 123
5627 23/01/2013 30B1 Martin Bishop 99 – 102 Chris Wills Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 124
5628 24/01/2013 30B1 David Williams 58 – 108 Chris Davies Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 119
5629 25/01/2013 30B1 Innis Carson 116 – 91 Adam Gillard Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 137
5630 28/01/2013 30B1 Christine Hunt 88* – 78 Sandie Simonis Mark Foster Susie Dent 134
5631 29/01/2013 30B1 Paul Keane 81 – 99 Neil Zussman Mark Foster Susie Dent 131
5632 30/01/2013 30B1 Dave Hoskisson 85 – 81 Mike Whiteoak Mark Foster Susie Dent 125
5633 31/01/2013 30B1 Graeme Cole 98 – 104 Jack Worsley Mark Foster Susie Dent 118
5634 1/02/2013 30B1 John Ashmore 92 – 130 Kirk Bevins Mark Foster Susie Dent 130
5635 4/02/2013 30B1 David O'Donnell 111 – 86 Tom Hargreaves Kate Adie Susie Dent 128
5636 5/02/2013 30B1 Wayne Kelly 89 – 143 Jack Hurst Kate Adie Susie Dent 152
5637 6/02/2013 30B1 Conor Travers 112 – 62 Mark Tournoff Kate Adie Susie Dent 119
5638 7/02/2013 30B1 Darryl Francis 82 – 63 Barry Grossman Kate Adie Susie Dent 118
5639 8/02/2013 30B1 Andrew Hulme 91 – 98 Jonathan Rawlinson Kate Adie Susie Dent 115
Round 2
5640 11/02/2013 30B2 Tom Rowell 65 – 94 Jonathan Rawlinson Ken Bruce Susie Dent 128
5641 12/02/2013 30B2 Jon O'Neill 122 – 91 Darryl Francis Ken Bruce Susie Dent 130
5642 13/02/2013 30B2 Chris Hawkins 85 – 119 Conor Travers Ken Bruce Susie Dent 119
5643 14/02/2013 30B2 Chris Wills 70 – 115 Jack Hurst Ken Bruce Susie Dent 119
5644 15/02/2013 30B2 Chris Davies 117 – 127* David O'Donnell Ken Bruce Susie Dent 140
5645 18/02/2013 30B2 Innis Carson 102 – 112* Kirk Bevins Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 120
5646 19/02/2013 30B2 Christine Hunt 67 – 115 Jack Worsley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 117
5647 20/02/2013 30B2 Dave Hoskisson 75 – 90 Neil Zussman Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 117
Quarter-Finals
5648 21/02/2013 30BQF Jonathan Rawlinson 118 – 53 Neil Zussman Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 119
5649 22/02/2013 30BQF Jon O'Neill 122 – 104 Jack Worsley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 122
5650 25/02/2013 30BQF Conor Travers 119 – 94 Kirk Bevins Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 119
5651 26/02/2013 30BQF Jack Hurst 115 – 97 David O'Donnell Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 122
Semi-Finals
5652 27/02/2013 30BSF Jonathan Rawlinson 105 – 116 Jack Hurst Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 126
5653 28/02/2013 30BSF Jon O'Neill 102 – 120 Conor Travers Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 120
Grand Final
5654 1/03/2013 30BGF Jack Hurst 111 – 146 Conor Travers Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 149
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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