Stuart Broad led England's attack as New Zealand were held to 123 for nine in the first innings of the lone Twenty20 international at Old Trafford here Friday.
Fast bowler Broad took two wickets for 17 runs in his maximum four overs while off-spinner Graeme Swann followed up with two for 21 as England looked to win a third straight Twenty20 match against New Zealand.
Several batsmen got a start but none made more than Ross Taylor's 25.
England didn't have to wait long for a wicket after captain Paul Collingwood won the toss and elected to field.
James Anderson, on his Lancashire home ground, struck with his first ball when Jamie How edged an intended drive and was well caught by Owais Shah at first slip to leave New Zealand one for one at the start of the second over.
Then new batsman James Marshall made a brisk 13, caught by wicket-keeper Tim Ambrose, making his limited overs international debut, off Broad.
New Zealand, at the end of three overs where dangerman Brendon McCullum had faced just three balls, were now 14 for two.
McCullum, whose 158 in the IPL earlier this year is the highest individual score in a Twenty20 match, got off the mark against first change Luke Wright in the seventh over with a hurried single off just the ninth ball he faced.
Taylor maintained his tempo by launching Wright over long-off for six.
However, medium-pacer Collingwood - with his fourth ball - removed Taylor for an 18-ball innings featuring two sixes and three fours after bowling the batsman between bat and pad.
New Zealand were now 45 for three in the eighth over.
It took McCullum 18 balls to score his first boundary, a square-cut four off Collingwood.
Wright, not quick enough to bowl short on a good pitch, was made to pay when McCullum hooked him for six over mid-wicket. But Wright soon made amends, yorking McCullum for 24 with a much fuller delivery.
And 67 for four became 68 for five when Peter Fulton was bowled for nought by spinner Graeme Swann's second ball off-break.
Swann nearly had two wickets in two balls only for first slip Collingwood to drop new batsman Daniel Flynn's edged cut.
The experienced Scott Styris was clean bowled after missing a pull in Broad's comeback over before Swann had Flynn stumped for 23 by Prior.