England will return for the final day of the second Test needing four more New Zealand wickets to seal a series sweep - and hoping the weather doesn't have the last word at Headingley.
Alastair Cook hit his 25th Test century as the hosts declared their second innings on 287-5, leaving their opponents the small matter of 468 for victory. The Black Caps were struggling at 158-6 before bad light stopped play.
It seemed a Monday finish could be on the cards - effectively making it a three-day game after Friday's washout - when the tourists lost three wickets in the space of 10 runs having at one stage reached 144-3.
Steven Finn ended a fourth-wicket stand of 79 by getting Dean Brownlie (25) to glove a brutish short ball to Ian Bell at gully, but it was always Graeme Swann who posed the biggest danger.
The off-spinner had Martin Guptill caught at slip to leave New Zealand five down and then claimed the major scalp of Ross Taylor, who battled superbly to reach 70 before playing over the top of a full ball to be bowled.
Swann had earlier dismissed Kane Williamson, who went lbw for the second time in the match, and Hamish Rutherford (42) to end with figures of 4-61.
He would have had designs on working his way through the tail for a 10-wicket match haul until the umpires decided the light was an issue. With rain scheduled for Tuesday, there is still a ray of hope for the New Zealanders.
England will hope the forecasts don't prove to be true; after deciding not to enforce the follow-on they certainly took the chance to bat their opponents out of the match, setting them a target that they had failed to manage in their other three innings in the series combined.
Cook resumed in the morning on 88 and did not take too long to reach three figures, bringing up the milestone with a lovely cover drive off the bowling of Tim Southee.
The left-hander added 134 for the second wicket with Jonathan Trott, who finally moved out of first gear after contributing just 11 from 69 balls the previous evening, before Williamson had Cook caught at mid-off for 130.
The part-time spinner also saw off Bell (six) as England reached lunch at 249-3. A lead of 429 still wasn't deemed enough, though, as they continued to bat on into the afternoon.
Trott lasted two balls of the session, edging Neil Wagner through to wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum to depart for 76, but Yorkshire duo Joe Root (28) and Jonny Bairstow, who finished up unbeaten on 26, provided little cameos before the declaration finally arrived.