The same eight sides that fought it out in England were present in the Caribbean but defending champions England struggled. Having been beaten by the West Indies ahead of the series, they started with a remarkable match against Australia.
The two sides were almost impossible to separate as after the match was tied, both teams being bowled out for 104, the Super Over was also tied, the one six in the match - hit by Australia's Jess Cameron - proved to be the decisive factor as countback was used as the tie-breaker.
As in 2009, the West Indies opened the tournament by beating South Africa and history was made when Deandra Dottin blasted 112 in just 45 balls, the first T20I century by a woman and an innings of sheer brutality that included nine sixes.
After Australia also beat Crizelda Brit's side, the West Indies held on to beat England by two runs in another low-scoring thriller. England's chances of progression hung by a thread and Australia's win over the West Indies in their final group win rendered a 56-run hammering of South Africa academic.
Pool B was a much more clear-cut affair, New Zealand and India remaining way ahead of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka managed to repeat their performance of 2009 by beating Pakistan but there was little else to cheer as Aimee Watkins and Jhulan Goswami led their sides into the semi-finals.
Australia's win over the West Indies meant they would play India, the weakest of the three teams and they duly booked their final place with a dominant seven-wicket win, largely thanks to captain Alex Blackwell's 61 in 49 balls.
Sara McGlashan then struck 84 in 55 balls to set up New Zealand's 56-run win over the West Indies. The West Indians used eight bowlers in a bid to control the flow of runs but were found wanting, and more so with the bat. Stafanie Taylor's 40 in 33 balls aside, no player could better a score of 18 as New Zealand's superior skill, fitness and discipline was all too apparent.
There would, therefore be a new name on the trophy and after Australia's men had lost out to England, the women produced a winning performance, beating New Zealand by three runs in another nail-biter.
The Southern Stars could only reach 106 for eight as Nicola Browne and Sophie Devine grabbed a brace of wickets apiece but on a tired pitch, the White Ferns faced a huge challenge to overhaul their target.
They battled valiantly, Devine hitting an unbeaten 38 and Browne 20 but fell short as Ellyse Perry bowled a magnificent final over to complete figures of three for 15, bravely stopping a firm drive with her foot to secure victory.
© Cricket World 2012
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