New Zealand's tight bowling on a benign wicket reduced England's first innings run chase to a crawl on the third morning of the first cricket Test against New Zealand here Friday.
England went to lunch at 159 for three, adding only 72 runs in the morning session for the loss of Michael Vaughan's wicket and they remain 311 short of New Zealand's first innings total of 470.
Vaughan, the England captain, started the day on 44 and moved through to his 18th Test half-century before he prodded at a delivery from Jeetan Patel and succeeded only in getting a thick edge which was taken by Brendon McCullum.
Patel also caused problems for Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen but was unable to take another wicket.
At the other end, New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori was the most economical of the bowlers, yielding only 33 runs from his 21 overs while Patel has one for 38 from 17 overs.