Soild top order batting puts Proteas in strong position

first_img(REUTERS)-Quinton de Kock top scored as all South Africa’s batsmen got among the runs in a score of 283 for three on the first day of the second test against New Zealand at Centurion yesterday.De Kock showed sparkling strokeplay in a brisk 82 as he and Stephen Cook became the first opening pair to feature in a 100-run partnership for South Africa since December 2013.Cook scored 56, Hashim Amla 58 and JP Duminy was 67 not out at the close along with captain Faf du Plessis (13).Left-hander De Kock had been sent up the batting order after Dean Elgar suffered a freak ankle injury on the eve of the Test, and he punished the loose balls as he cracked 10 fours on his way to 50.He was first man out after lunch, however, pulling Neil Wagner and being caught by Trent Boult on the boundary to end a first-wicket stand of 133.Cook went 20 runs later, taken in the gully by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson’s low catch off the bowling of Doug Bracewell.Amla survived a close lbw decision when on 17 to reach his 31st test half century before Wagner bowled one that held its line and took an edge to be snapped up by wicketkeeper BJ Watling.Duminy was given out lbw when he was on 44 but stayed after successfully reviewing the decision. With his place in the Test side under threat when AB de Villiers returns from injury, he will be hoping to get to his century when play resumes today.New Zealand won the toss and sent South Africa into bat on surface that did not provide the bowlers with expected assistance. Wagner had the best return of 2-51 off 22 overs.The outcome of this Test will settle the two-match series after the first was drawn last week when the majority of playing time was lost to a wet outfield in rain-hit Durban.SOUTH AFRICA 1st inningsS. Cook c Williamson b Bracewell 56Q. de Kock c Boult b Wagner 82H. Amla c Watling b Wagner 58J. Duminy not out 67F. du Plessis not out 13Extras (b-4 lb-3) 7Total (for 3 wickets, 88 overs) 283Fall of wickets: 1-133 Q. de Kock,2-151 S. Cook,3-246 H. AmlaTo bat: T. Bavuma, S. van Zyl, V. Philander, K. Rabada, D. Steyn, D. PiedtBowling: T. Southee 21 – 3 – 74 – 0,T. Boult 19.4 – 4 – 53 – 0,D. Bracewell 17.2 – 5 – 65 – 1, M. Santner 8 – 1 – 33 – 0,N. Wagner 22 – 4 – 51 – 2.last_img read more

‘Shorty-Rock’ brings national title back to the city of champions

first_imgWINNING TEAM PERFECTLY PROPORTIONED & CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL BACK Bransom’s amazing back is an incredible work of art that seems chiseled from granite on Mount Olympus. Now “Shorty-Rock” is stepping down to earth to wreak havoc in the professional ranks.She exudes boundless energy to go with a strength level that would surprise many—she has performed 100 pushups in succession and one exercise Shorty Rock feels is irreplaceable is the chin-up.“People are shocked when they see that I can do 10 sets of 20 reps of unassisted chin-ups,” Bransom said. “My best body part is my back and I’ve never seen anyone with a championship level back that hasn’t done chin-ups.”Though turning professional doesn’t necessarily hold any special guarantee for success, Bransom’s immediate future is already looking sweet.“Right now my diet consist of cupcakes,” said the national champion. “Right now Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.”She still lives in Pittsburgh where football is king and bodybuilding is unheard of. Through fanatical hard work and determination, along with the help of her trainer and father, Cecil Rice, she managed to reach her goal of competing in and winning a national championship.Then, much like Cinderella, she found the magical evening was over and the next day she was back home in Pittsburgh just ordinary Denine Bransom.“I couldn’t have done this without my God-given physical abilities,” said Bransom. “I couldn’t have done this without my father, (who is a certified personal trainer), and Sadiq Durham, my workout partner.”Shorty-Rock has the blood, guts and overwhelming desire to drive herself to the absolute limits, when pretenders and wannabes cry defeat.“Don’t cry to me,” said Rice. “I tell the people that I train to either do it or go home. Diehard people go everyday. Seven days a week. We are in the pit everyday between 10 a.m. to noon and I have anywhere between six to 12 people that I’m training. I tell Denine that we work hard because we are competing against the best in the world.”Shorty-Rock has many accomplishments to her credit. She is a graduate of Duquesne University. She works 12 hours a day as a registered nurse and never misses a workout.“I love my job. I work as a nurse from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.,” said Bransom. “And I work out between 10 a.m. to noon, seven days a week.”Denine realizes that documentation beats conversation every day of the week.“What helped me is that I recorded every workout for a year. I wrote down everything that I ate,” said Bransom. “I am all business about building my body to be the best bodybuilding competitor I can be. Bodybuilding has become my life. Training hard, eating clean, muscle growth and keeping my body strong and fit everyday.”Bodybuilders are like actors on stage, with their physiques telling a story of dedication and sacrifice. The next act in Bransom’s storybook career might just conclude the way she mentally rehearses it—on top of the professional bodybuilding would where she belongs! Denine Bransom, a woman who’s come to be known as “Shorty Rock,” (as she prefers to be called), is thundering up the bodybuilding rankings and is ready to challenge the world’s best. Bransom, a Pittsburgh native, recently won a national bodybuilding championship and now has got her motivational radar locked onto the top professional shows. Bransom isn’t exactly your typical girl next door (but she certainly would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood). She’s got exotic beauty, a very well-balanced physique and contest-winning muscularity, which was obvious when she won the overall ’‘09 OCB Yorton Cup National Bodybuilding & Figure Championships that took place last month in the Washington, D.C., area. Her look has given women’s bodybuilding a shot of sex appeal, and it’s redefining what a female physique artist should embody.“I was a cheerleader in high school and a figure and fitness model,” Bransom said. “But after I ruptured a disk in my back I turned to bodybuilding.”Every muscular inch of Bransom’s perfectly proportioned physique portrays a princess waiting to be crowned queen. Like a hooded cobra, her victorious, v-shaped back blends seamlessly into a tight, streamlined steel city waist.last_img read more