Northern Knights Head Coach Simon Johnston has spoken of his pride in the squad after they were crowned T20 Trophy champions.

"We are obviously over the moon to win the T20 trophy," Johnston told CricketEurope.

"We had set our targets over the winter to not just be challenging for trophies but winning them. So for the guys to deliver and play in such a positive manner is very, very pleasing.

"The rain has been disappointing but to win four games, three of them getting bonus points has been super.

"One of the most pleasing aspects of the trophy win has been the fact that different people at different points have stood up. Matthew Humphreys and Theo van Woerkom on Tuesday, Matthew Foster, Morgan Topping and Tom Mayes. Everyone in the squad has contributed and played a major part in this success.

"I think Neil Rock's captaincy and batting has been outstanding this year. I'm delighted that he has got back into the Irish senior set-up. From a Union perspective, it's fantastic the number of players from the region now involved in Irish squads.

"Added to that is the fact we have been successful with no fewer than five players out on loan. That's testament to an increasing depth and quality in the ranks. I'm really pleased that the players have a tangible reward for all their hard work over the past few years."

Johnston also paid tribute to the work of the Knights backroom staff who played a major part in the success of the campaign.

"I'd also like to acknowledge the work of my backroom staff who have been outstanding this year.

"Ian Butler has been a superb help, Chris Taylor has also been fantastic, while James Cameron-Dow has been exceptional in his work with the spinners. Stuart Thompson has also been working weekly with the guys S&C, and of course Callum Atkinson who does so much. So in there we have built a really strong support network and it has paid off.

"You can see the benefits of all this coming off as we become a bit more professional each year. Hopefully that improvement can continue next year as the 'team behind the team' have been outstanding."

Northern Knights will be presented with the trophy following their game on Thursday afternoon again hosts Leinster Lightning.