England face an uphill task to win the first Test after New Zealand doggedly built an imposing lead on the second day at Lord’s.
Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell made the home side toil with an unbeaten partnership of 180 that took New Zealand to 236-4, 227 ahead.
At 56-4 just after lunch, New Zealand’s lead stood at only 47, but Mitchell, with 97 not out, and Blundell’s unbeaten 90 ensured no further wickets fell in the day.
Earlier, England added 25 to their overnight 116-7 to be bowled out for 141, a first-innings advantage of nine.
Including their collapse on Thursday evening, the home side lost their last eight wickets for 49 runs.