Kimberley Institute welcomed the young pretenders of the Notts Academy to Newdigate Street hoping to turn around their hitherto misfiring season.
But that will have to wait as the Academy came away with a winning draw, Kimberley indebted to an unbeaten 90 from Jon Terry to secure them a share of the points.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first but started nervously, Tom Rowe airily driving Dominic Wheatley (1-22) to mid-off in the fourth over.
Matt Cross (50) joined Hassan Azad (35) and they added 83 for the second wicket before Azad hit a dolly straight to Akhil Patel at mid-wicket to hand Chris Glover (3-75) his first victim, his second coming in his next over when he trapped Cross lbw and the scoreboard read 99-3 in the 23rd over.
Sam Kelsall (77) showed his qualities with a solid innings, and Sam Wood (21), Scott Harvey (25) and Adam Tillcock (24) all contributed as the total ticked up, but they all fell just as they were getting going with Glover and Patel (3-83) picking up the wickets.
Kelsall finally fell in the last over as Patel bowled him and a sharp piece of fielding from James Mann ran-out Brett Hutton as Academy ended in 259-8 .
Openers Dan Birch (13) and Terry got Kimberley off to a steady start before the former fell to Hutton (2-51) in the ninth over with the score on 30.
The middle-order all got themselves in and then out which hampered the run chase; the score at 83-3 in the 21st.
The heat was getting to Terry as he began to cramp up badly and had to call for a runner , but he added 45 with Paldip Sidhu (17) before the latter gifted the extra-cover fielder a catch and had to be on his way.
James Mann (24) joined Terry and 39 more runs were added until Mann holed out to long-off and left the score 167-5 in the 40th.
Tillcock (3-48) then got the better of Paul Riley and Wheatley, before Hutton clean bowled Glover after Matt Wright had run himself out.
The home side were 209-9 in the 47th, but Terry and the doughty Richard Adams held out and secured the losing draw.