England's top order capitulated after lunch on the second day of the third and final Test against South Africa as they slumped to 54 for four at Lord's, denting their hopes of levelling the series.
The Proteas, defending their modest first innings score of 309, took control through fast bowlers Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn, who both had two wickets at the interval.
However Ian Bell with 47 not out, and the recalled Jonny Bairstow with unbeaten 58 were keeping England in the fray. Bell did not score a boundary until his 41st delivery to emphasise the struggle.
England lost Jonathan Trott (8), Alastair Cook (7) and James Taylor (10) in the session, to follow the wicket of captain Andrew Strauss (20) on the last ball before lunch. Morkel had two for 25 and Steyn two for 22 as they prospered under bright sunshine.
England must win the match to draw series 1-1 after losing at The Oval, though South Africa are well placed to close out the series and leapfrog England to the top of the rankings.
South Africa 1st inns (JP Duminy 61, V Philander 61, Finn 4/75, Anderson 3/76)
England 1st inns 161/4 (J Bairstow batting 58, I Bell batting 47)