Joe Root and Alastair Cook lit up England's maiden day-night Test with chanceless centuries as Windies conceded 348-3 on an historic opening day at Edgbaston.
Root (136) and Cook (153no) shared a stand of 248 - a record for the third-wicket in Tests at the ground, hosting its 50th Test - to outshine the untidy tourists.
The pair came together after debutant Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley scored just eight apiece and, with minimal movement available off the pitch and in the air, accumulated their 13th and 31st Test centuries respectively.
Windies' day worsened when skipper Jason Holder, his right arm already heavily strapped, limped out of the attack in the 81st over just when his side needed a telling spell under the floodlights - and having declined, to the surprise of most watchers, to have taken the new ball.
Root's second ton against Windies, reached off 139 balls, had come to an end a little earlier when he was bowled through the gate by Kemar Roach just minutes before sunset at 8.28pm
Cook batted through the day, though, having overtaken former skipper Graham Gooch (5,917 runs) as the leading Test run-scorer in England. With a little over two overs of the day left, the left-hander eased to his 10th score of 150 or more to equal the record held by Len Hutton, Wally Hammond and Kevin Pietersen.
Dawid Malan, dropped at slip off the spin of Carlos Brathwaite when he'd scored just two, saw out the day in Cook's company - finishing on 28no - after Windies had finally taken the new ball following an urgent message from coach Stuart Law only to go wicketless in the final eight overs of the day.
By stumps the crowd had thinned noticeably but the atmosphere remained raucous with Edgbaston a shining beacon in the Birmingham environs.
It was a day on which Stoneman and Westley - with the Ashes on the horizon - will reflect on what might have been.
Stoneman - Cook's 12th opening partner in the past five years - got off the mark with a driven boundary off Roach and added another in the first over of the match after Root won the toss.
The Surrey batsman's maiden knock proved short-lived, however, as Roach gained swift revenge with a sublime delivery that swung in before going off the pitch to hit the top of off-stump; it was only the second time that Stoneman had been bowled in first-class cricket this season.
England's top-order struggles continued when Windies successfully reviewed a 'not out' lbw decision against Westley - Miguel Cummins getting his man on review.
Cook, who made 193 against the pink ball for Essex earlier in the summer and has a Test-best of 294 on the ground, remained unruffled at the other end, taking three boundaries off one Alzarri Joseph over and continuing in the same vein.
England scored 22 boundaries in the first 26 overs of the innings - Cook reaching his 56th fifty in 145 Tests off 74 balls with a tally of 10 fours.
The skipper eased to his 11th fifty in as many Tests - a feat achieved by Viv Richards, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Mominul Haque - and only AB de Villiers (12) has chalked up more.
Cook and Root were content to bide their time before picking off Windies' wayward attack - Holder paid the price in particular for straying too often onto Cook's leg-stump, while Root unfurled a couple of sublime straight drives for four.
Root reached his century in a hurry with two boundaries off three deliveries from Chase - climbing into a poor leg-side delivery to reach three figures before roaring in celebration - before Cook reached his own century with a cut to backward point.
Live coverage of the second day's play in the first Test between England and Windies continues on Sky Sports Cricket at 1.30pm on Friday, with over-by-over commentary and in-play clips on our live blog on Sky Sports digital platforms.