Victorian Steph Townsend stars in Australian Country Cricket Championships finals campaign

IN THE RUNS: Nirranda's Steph Townsend hit 62 and 45 runs for Victoria Country in the Australian Country Cricket Championships in its semi-final and grand final respectively. Picture: Amy Paton

IN THE RUNS: Nirranda's Steph Townsend hit 62 and 45 runs for Victoria Country in the Australian Country Cricket Championships in its semi-final and grand final respectively. Picture: Amy Paton

STEPH Townsend saved her best until last. 

The Nirranda all-rounder starred for eventual silver medallist Victoria in its Australian Country Cricket Championships twenty20 final series.

Townsend fired a match-winning 62 runs in Victoria’s semi-final win over New South Wales on Tuesday and scored a team-high 45 in its eight-wicket grand final loss to East Asia Pacific in Wollongong on Wednesday. 

She finished with 234 runs for the carnival.

“I would like to have gotten a bit more out of myself but I guess that’s pretty good,” Townsend said of her efforts.

“New South Wales bowled quite well yesterday and their captain was very smart.

“She set a very nice field, so it was a matter of getting a good partnership with the girl at the other end and rotating the strike as a much as we could.”

Townsend was rapt with her team’s performances.

“I am proud of the girls with the way we handled ourselves in pressure situations,” she said.