Appearances on the programme
Davies 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 first defeat.
Championship of Champions XV
Davies returned to Countdown in January 2019 for the Championship of Champions XV, where he faced Jonathan Wynn in the first preliminary round of the tournament. Here, he kept up very well with Wynn, maintaining a crucial margin, but the Series 73 champion ultimately broke away in the third "half" to prevail 103 – 68.
|#||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|
|6980||2/01/2019||CP||Jonathan Wynn||103 – 68||Phil Davies||Kate Humble||Susie Dent||116|