Kiwis finish on top at lunch on day one of the first Test of the season.
New Zealand has taken the honors in the first session of their Test match against England at Lords with the hosts finishing at 56-1.
England made slow progress to the first Test of the domestic season as captain Alastair Cook and fellow opener Nick Crompton chipped away at the New Zealand attack.
The pair added 43 for the first wicket before Crompton fell to a loose shot off the bowling of left-arm spinner Bruce Martin.
Attempting to lift the run-rate after several tight overs from New Zealand, Crompton went down the wicket in a bid to loft a shot over the in-field.
However, an outside edge spooned to Tim Southee at point, who made an excellent catch running forward while diving.
New Zealand could have had another scalp before the lunch break when Jonathan Trot did not quite get to the pitch of the ball, hitting what should have been a relatively simple return-catch.
However, Bruce Martin grassed the chance giving an early life to Trott who made it to the break on four.
Cook remained at the crease on 30 having played a steady hand for the home side, despite the Kiwis bowling, at times, well outside off-stump in a bid to frustrate him.
Trent Boult was very tidy with the new ball for New Zealand in bowling 0-6 off eight overs with four maidens while Martin’s spin, on top of claiming the wicket of Crompton, changed up the pace of the attack for the visitors.
England v New Zealand
Played at Lords
Toss won by England
England 1st Innings
A. Cook not out 30
N. Compton c Southee b Martin 16
J. Trott not out 4
Extras (lb4, nb2) 6
Total (1 wkt, 29 overs, 124 mins) 56
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Compton)
To bat: I Bell, J Root, J Bairstow, M Prior, S Broad, G Swann, S Finn, J Anderson
Bowling: Boult 8-4-6-0 (2nb); Southee 7-2-18-0; Wagner 9-2-20-0; Martin 5-3-8-1