Tim Southee took six wickets as New Zealand wrapped up England's second innings inside 10 overs on the fourth day of the first Test at Lord's on Sunday.
The seamer finished with figures of six wickets for 50 runs in 19 overs as England were bowled out for 213.
However, that left New Zealand needing 239 -- which would be the highest total of the match were they to achieve it -- for victory.
Much would depend on how their top order fared against England new-ball duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad in still overcast conditions favouring seam bowlers.
Southee had bowled New Zealand back into the match with three wickets late on Saturday after Jonathan Trott (56) and Joe Root (71) had threatened to take the match away from the tourists.
And the 24-year-old carried on from where he left off, maintaining his accuracy in a burst of six wickets for 25 runs in 52 balls, albeit he was helped by several poor shots.
The paceman did not have long to wait for a fourth wicket Sunday, removing nightwatchman Steven Finn for his overnight six with the aid of a second slip catch by substitute fielder Martin Guptill.
Ian Bell, nought not out overnight, was the last of England's specialist batsmen, having come in down the order after suffering from a bout of flu.
Before this match he'd suggested he coul help provide the attacking impetus with the bat England would otherwise miss as a result of Kevin Pietersen being ruled out with a knee injury.
But instead he became Southee's fifth wicket of the innings, caught in the slips for six by Dean Brownlie after pushing tamely well outside off stump, as the paceman secured his place on the Lord's honours board.
However, Broad -- who made a Test-best 169 against Pakistan at Lord's three years ago -- countered with four well-struck boundaries in his 26 not out.
But there was no stopping the 24-year-old Southee, who took his 10th wicket of the match when Graeme Swann was caught behind by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, continuing to deputise behind the stumps after BJ Watling suffered a knee injury on Saturday.
Southee was involved again when he caught Anderson off part-time spinner Kane Williamson to end the innings after only 9.3 overs' play Sunday.