Hosts Vanuatu have gone unbeaten in the East Asia Pacific regional qualifier for the next Women's T20 World Cup to end a four tournament run for regional giants Papua New Guinea.

The decisive match was their first in the tournament, when they surprised the pre-tournament faovurites on the second day of the event, restricting PNG to 89-7 and chasing their target down to win by five wickets.

They never looked back from there and went on an unbeaten run on home soil, securing qualification in the final match when they beat Japan by 21 runs.

Papua New Guinea didn't lose another match and finished second, but with only one team progressing to the global qualifier from the EAP region, they go home disappointed. Indonesia, who arrived late due to flights being cancelled, recovered from that setback to finish third.

Japan - the only other team ever to beat PNG to the global qualifier - finished fourth, with Samoa, Fiji and the Cook Islands all winning one match each and finishing fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.