Nightwatchman Steven Finn was the unlikely hero for England as they closed out a nervy stalemate in the first Test against New Zealand at the University Oval.
Finn went 49 balls without a single scoring shot at one stage of his near five-hour 56, but struck his maiden half-century in any professional cricket after being placed at number three.
Following yesterday's epic opening stand of 231 between centurions Alastair Cook (116) and Nick Compton (117), England began a sunny final day with strong prospects of ensuring a draw at the start of this three-match series.
But Compton fell in the morning session as Neil Wagner caught him leg before wicket, ending a formidable display from the 29-year-old.
Finn, though, soldiered on. He could muster only five fours from 203 balls, having batted throughout two sessions before finally falling when he missed a sweep at slow left-armer Bruce Martin and the ball struck his leg directly in front of the stumps.
Finn's departure induced a wobble with Joe Root run out for a duck an over later when Tim Southee's dive and direct hit from cover was too quick for the young Yorkshireman as he answered Ian Bell's call for a single.
But in Bell and Matt Prior, England still had two ace batsmen in reserve - and their unbroken stand of 31 against the third new ball took their team to the safety of 421 for six before New Zealand agreed to call time 128 in arrears.