Senwes Park Potchefstroom under overcast skies and lightning on Day Three of England XI's tour game against South African Invitational XI © Getty Images
Senwes Park Potchefstroom under overcast skies and lightning on Day Three of England XI’s tour game against South African Invitational XI © Getty Images

Potchefstroom: England‘s batsmen stumbled in the second innings before a thunderstorm brought an early end to their three-day match against a South African Invitation team at Senwes Park on Thursday. The tourists were bowled out for 190 in their second innings, with none of their batsmen able to notch a half-century. Joe Root was the top scorer with 39. Junior Dala, a regular member of the Titans franchise team for limited overs matches but not selected for their first-class team, took five for 34, while fellow seamer, 19-year-old Andile Phehlukwayo, took three for 36. With England leading by 472 runs, the Invitation team reached five for no wicket before rain ended play.

The tourists will meet tougher opposition when they come up against South Africa A in a three-day match in Pietermaritzburg, starting on Sunday. The first of four Tests against South Africa starts in Durban on December 26, with the subsequent matches scheduled to take place in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively.

Among the major developments for England ahead of their scheduled Test series against South Africa is the addition of Steven Finn to the squad ahead of the first Test. The lanky pacer had missed out on the recent Test series against Pakistan in the UAE after a positive outing in the Ashes 2015. READ: Steven Finn set to join England squad ahead of South Africa Test series

Brief scores:

England XI 470 for 7 decl. (Nick Compton 58, James Taylor 114, Ben Stokes 158; Thandolwethu Mynaka 3 for 66) and 190 (Alastair Cook 37, Joe Root 39; Junior Dala 5 for 34, Andile Phehlukwayo 3 for 36) drew with South African Invitational XI 188 (Qaasim Adams 34, Heinrich Klaasen 48, Thandolwethu Mynaka 30; Stuart Broad 3 for 18) and 5 for 0.