England finally ended their wait for a global one-day trophy with a seven-wicket win over Australia in the final of the ICC World Twenty20.
Craig Kieswetter (63) and Kevin Pietersen (47) shared a second-wicket stand of 111 as England chased down a target of 148 with three overs to spare at the Kensington Oval.
Captain Paul Collingwood hit the winning runs as, after 35 years of drawing a blank, his country earned some silverware at an International Cricket Council event.
The triumph had been set up by England's bowlers, who restricted Australia to 147-6 after Collingwood had sent them into bat on a typically pacy wicket in Barbados.
Ryan Sidebottom struck twice with the new ball to set the tone and it was only David Hussey's patient 59 that averted total embarrassment for Australia.
Kieswetter and Pietersen's relentless aggression turned a potentially tricky run chase into a formality and, despite both falling with the winning line in sight, Collingwood (12no) and Eoin Morgan (15no) ensured the English celebrations were soon under way.
Thrill of the chase
Michael Lumb (2) was an early casualty of the run chase, picking out mid-on in the second over, bowled by Shaun Tait (1-28).
After a five-minute delay due to a sightscreen malfunction, Kieswetter and Pietersen took a positive approach to move England to 41-1 after the six powerplay overs.
They remained well in control of the required rate throughout their second-wicket stand as Australia captain Michael Clarke rotated his bowlers to little effect, Shane Watson (0-42) coming in for particular punishment.
England still required 30 when Pietersen, having looked imperious in reaching 47 off 31 balls, holed out in the deep off Steven Smith's leg-spin (1-21).
Man-of-the-match Kieswetter, whose 63 came from 49 deliveries, followed in bizarre fashion in the next over, backing away before leaving a straight ball from Mitchell Johnson (1-27) that demolished his stumps.
That left 27 needed from 35 deliveries with both Collingwood and Morgan new to the crease.
There was no need for panic and cool heads prevailed as the fourth-wicket duo eased England across the line with 18 balls to spare.
David Hussey's half-century had earlier allowed Australia to recover from 8-3 after being asked to bat.
England, making their first appearance in a one-day final since the 2004 Champions Trophy, claimed a wicket in each of the first three overs.
Watson (2), surprised by extra bounce from Sidebottom's third ball, flashed an edge through to wicketkeeper Kieswetter, who fumbled the chance for Graeme Swann to grab at first slip.
His opening partner David Warner (2) did not fare any better, run out by Lumb's direct hit from backward point after Clarke called for a single that was never on.
Brad Haddin survived two run out chances during his brief stay at the crease, which ended when Kieswetter held on at full stretch down the leg-side in Sidebottom's (2-26) second over. Haddin's reaction to the raised finger of umpire Billy Doctrove was one of disbelief and replays indicated the ball had come off his body rather than bat.
Australia had been forced to retreat into rebuilding mode, Clarke and David Hussey adding 37 off 43 balls for the fourth wicket as the first-change bowlers, Stuart Broad (0-27) and Swann (1-17), kept the pressure on.
Clarke, having never looked entirely comfortable during a run-a-ball 27, was brilliantly caught by a diving Collingwood at midwicket in Swann's second over, the 10th of the innings.
David Hussey, now joined by Cameron White, continued to meander along to leave Australia at 59-4 with eight overs remaining.
But the batsmen finally came to life in the 13th over, bowled by Michael Yardy (0-34), which disappeared for 21 runs, including the first two sixes of the match.
White slammed 30 off 19 balls before being holing out off Luke Wright (1-5), but the Hussey brothers combined for 46 from 22 deliveries to at least ensure Australia had something to bowl at.
David Hussey, given a life on 25 when Broad misjudged a steepling catch, was run out in the final over, while his elder brother Michael - fresh from his incredible match-winning knock in the semi-final - finished unbeaten on 17 off 10.