Kyran Dill and Henry Cooper played starring roles as Northland took out the Brian Dunning Tournament in Taupo.

Northland picked up victories over Poverty Bay, Waikato Valley, Hamilton and Bay of Plenty en route to the title as they played some enterprising cricket.

Dill was irrepressible with the ball, taking 15 wickets in the tournament including a pair of five-wicket hauls, while Cooper tallied 192 runs over the three days.

Coach Stephen Cunis said it was a fantastic effort.


"It was a massive effort and we are rapt to have the trophy back where it belongs," he said.

Ben Hyde agreed, saying it was great to get some silverware in the trophy cabinet.

"We came very close last year and didn't get anything. Also the trophy being the Brian Dunning it means a lot to Northland cricketers," he said.

"Everyone contributed for us down there which was fantastic. Henry, Neal Parlane and debutant Fletcher Coutts were standouts with the bat. Kieran Dill was our standout player all round though."

The trophy clincher against Bay of Plenty was an instant classic, going right down to the wire.

Cooper's unbeaten 82 off 56 led Northland to 154 for 7, giving Bay of Plenty a tough chase.

Hyde (3 for 20) led the Northland fight with the ball as the game went right to the wire with Bay of Plenty needing 22 from their last three overs.

Northland held their nerve as Dill (2 for 24) and Sam McSweeney (0 for 30) conspired to limit Bay of Plenty to 153 for 7, sparking deserved celebrations from the Northland clan.

Hyde said tension got a bit high in the dying stages of the match.

"It was a close one, but I would say we held our nerve very well," he said.

"Again Kyran came through and bowled two outstanding overs at the end. Our execution in the final was pretty good throughout."

Earlier in the tournament Northland romped through Poverty Bay as Dill (5 for 24) and a sublime fielding effort, which included three run-outs, led to the 114-run result.

Poverty Bay made just 60 in their innings.

Dill again led the way when they beat Waikato Valley with a three-wicket bag, while Neal Parlane hit a solid 35 as they hauled in 124 with six wickets in hand.

Fletcher Coutts then played a brilliant innings against Hamilton as they got a modicum of revenge on them for their Fergus Hickey Rosebowl first innings loss.

Coutts belted 83 off just 47 balls, hitting five fours and six sixes to lead Northland to a seven-wicket win.

The high point was a five-ball stretch against Hamilton spinner Freddie Walker where Coutts hit 26 runs with four massive sixes.

Dill earlier had taken another five-wicket haul (5 for 32).