The Prime Minister's XI claimed the Menzies Memorial Trophy with a 23-run victory over the West Indies in the first ever match played under floodlights at Manuka Oval on Tuesday.
A crowd of just less than 10,000 were entertained by a fixture that saw 643 runs scored on a historic night for cricket in Canberra.
PM's XI skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat with his team making a solid start as hometown favourite Jono Dean and Usman Khawaja took on the pace bowling of twin West Indian threats Tino Best and Darren Sammy.
Dean, in particular, enjoyed early success, surviving a loud appeal for caught behind off Best before bludgeoning successive boundaries including a mammoth six to bring the Manuka crowd to its feet.
Khawaja, not to be left out, brought up the PM's XI 50 with another four in only the sixth over as the run rate climbed steadily.
Dean's accumulation of runs continued and he brought up his half-century off only 35 balls with a mammoth hooked six that comfortably cleared the boundary and landed among the crowd in the Bradman Stand.
The ACT Comets captain's swashbuckling innings was finally brought to an end in the 13th over on 51 as he was caught at long off attempting another massive shot off the bowling of Dwayne Bravo as the West Indies made a crucial breakthrough.
Inevitably, with the departure of Dean the run rate slowed as the West Indies took some pace off the ball by introducing spinner Sunil Narine.
Khawaja moved serenely onto his half-century at almost a run a ball as the West Indies attack looked laboured in their approach on a wicket that was particularly batsman-friendly.
Tasmanian Alex Doolan certainly thought so as he followed the lead provided by Khawaja and became the third of the top order to make 50, bringing up the milestone after being dropped by Kieron Pollard on 45 in the 27th over.
Pollard finally snared Khawaja for 69 as the score moved on to 181 to bring Ponting to the crease.
But, to the disappointment of the crowd, the former Australia captain's stay at the wicket was curtailed by a magnificent piece of bowling from Narine who bowled him for 15 just a couple of balls after a majestic stroke from Ponting had cleared the boundary for six.
Peter Handscomb followed Ponting back to the pavilion a ball later, stumped for a golden duck, as the West Indies hit back to reduce their opponents to 4-215.
Doolan was next to go, caught magnificently at square leg by Johnson Charles off Pollard for 87, before a 62-run partnership between Brad Haddin (39 off 28 balls) and James Faulkner (44 off 28) enabled the Prime Minister's XI to finish on 6-333.
West Indies opening batsmen, Powell and Charles, set about the task of chasing down the required target with the latter landing a couple of lusty blows early in the innings including a monstrous six straight down the ground.
The pair looked at ease and kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely, bringing up the 50 in the ninth over - leading to a change of bowler with young spinner Ashton Turner coming into the attack.
The PM's XI struck in the 12th over as Charles, attempting a risky single, was run out by a direct hit from the diving Khawaja with the score on 83.
Powell brought up a half-century in only 53 balls, forming a formidable partnership with veteran Ramnaresh Sarwan, which yielded 89 before Powell was forced to retire hurt, suffering from cramp.
Spinner Fawad Ahmed claimed Darren Bravo (six) as his first victim when the West Indies batsman miscued an attempted pull and holed out to Doolan at deep backward square.
Dwayne Bravo followed for 18, bowled by a change of pace from Faulkner who confused the West Indian with a slower ball that struck the top of middle stump.
With the hard-hitting Pollard in the middle anything was possible but with the PM's XI attack bowling fine line and length the danger man was soon on his way back to the sheds, having top-edged an Alister McDermott ball, taken by wicketkeeper Handscomb.
With Sammy following close behind the tourists had slumped to 5-224 and needed a boost.
They got it in the form of Andre Russell with the all-rounder dragging his team back into contention with a crowd-pleasing knock of 54 off 24 balls, including five sixes.
He lost Sarwan as a partner with the score on 275 when Faulkner removed him before McDermott caught and bowled wicketkeeper Devon Thomas for four.
Russell's entertaining innings was halted just past 50 with Dean catching him on the boundary and when Best was bowled by Faulkner, the PM's XI had claimed victory as the West Indies could only manage 9-310.