England batsman Kevin Pietersen could not hide his delight after passing his previous Test best score of 158 and going on to make a double century.
Pietersen's score was the biggest by an Englishman since 1990
Pietersen hit 226 as England made 570-7 declared and then bowled the West Indies out for just 146.
He said: "It (the 158 mark) got mentioned a few times by the fielders.
"Then it was a case of showing the maturity that people have been wanting me to show. In the past I've thrown my wicket away on certain occasions."
England's bowling hero was Ryan Sidebottom, who took four wickets in the West Indies first innings and two more as they followed on to leave them 22-2, still 402 behind.
I knew if I bowled like I could I'd be in with a chance.
Sidebottom said: "I'm delighted - the butterflies were going this morning but it offered for the bowlers today.
"Normally I bowl up the hill, but playing my second Test for England I was happy to bowl anywhere."
Sidebottom has endured a wait of six years between his first and second caps, but he made the most of helpful conditions at Headingley.
He said: "I felt quite nervous but I knew if I bowled like I could I'd be in with a chance.
"My first Test didn't go as well as I would have liked, and I knew I had to go away and work at my game."