Duo flop in tour match draw

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Batsmen Alviro Petersen and JP Duminy's preparations for the second Test against England were marred by a string of failures, as South Africa's two-day tour fixture against Worcestershire ended in a draw at New Road on Saturday.

Batsmen Alviro Petersen and JP Duminy's preparations for the second Test against England were marred by a string of failures, as South Africa's two-day tour fixture against Worcestershire ended in a draw.

Petersen, who endured a duck in the series opener at The Oval, and Duminy, who didn't bat at all, couldn't take advantage of the opportunities given to them at New Road.

Out cheaply in the first innings, the pair also flopped the second time around on Saturday, managing just 13 runs between them to take their match total to a mere 28 in four innings.

The Proteas attack was quick enough in wrapping up the opposition middle order and tail-end, resigning Worcestershire to 245 in reply to the visitors' first-innings effort of 237 for nine declared.

Robin Peterson largely upstaged the seamers, finishing with a haul of four for 65 to afford the selectors food for thought despite first-choice spinner Imran Tahir's sound performance against England earlier this week.

Brisk in lopping off the eight-run deficit, the South Africans later finished on 67 for four as the fixture ambled to a stalemate.

Another batsman who took a backseat to the dominance of Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith in London, Jacques Kallis ended unbeaten on 28 – more importantly spending a valuable 80 minutes at the crease.

The pick of the bowlers on Friday, home seamer Chris Russell clinched another three victims for a match haul of six for 72 – and the adoration of his team-mates – after cherishing relative success against the international order.

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