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

Mason City council to consider arena lease with mall owner, approval of first arena construction bid package

first_img=== The council will consider the first bid package on the arena construction, which includes things like: electrical demolition; mechanical demolition; concrete slab, exterior wall and interior partition demolition; and earthwork and mass excavation.Mayor Bill Schickel says this first set of bids on the project were competitive. “Five bids came in, very competitive, ranging from about $290,000 all the way to better than $800,000. We’re recommending that the city council go with the low bid from Charlson Excavating in Clear Lake.”That low bid was for a unit price of $291,500 and $100 per cubic yard for additional rock work. City Administrator Aaron Burnett adds in a memo to the council that Charlson is ready to get started on the project and has an extra interest as the owners are active in the hockey program. MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight will consider approving a lease agreement with the owner of Southbridge Mall for the proposed multi-purpose arena to be placed in the building, as well as the bid to start demolition work in the proposed arena space that’s part of the River City Renaissance project. === The council will first consider the lease between the city and the mall to lease the arena space. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the lease has been negotiated for some time and both parties have been waiting for the appropriate time to execute it.The lease is for an initial 20-year term, followed by four subsequent five-year terms for a total of 40 years. The cost of the lease starts at $180,000 a year for the first five years, increasing by 10-percent each subsequent five-year period.The mall will be required to clean the facility as part of the lease and the city will pay utility costs and insurance on the facility. === The council will also consider approving the details of the second bid package for the arena, which would include the structural steel, concrete foundation and ice plant components of the facility. Bids would be due to the city on January 24th with the council approving the winning bidder at a special council meeting on January 29th. The council meets tonight at 7 o’clock in the Mason City Room of the Public Library.last_img read more