The Academy travelled to Abbeydale Park full of hope and with justification as they left Sheffield with a 5-wicket win under their belts and a full 8 points.
The home side won the toss and decided to bat under clouds but with no threat of rain but some frantic batting by their top order saw them collapse to 119/6 before 20 overs had been completed. But Richard Kettleborough, free from umpiring duties for once, and Josh Varley added 43 for the seventh wicket, and, equally importantly, used up 13 more overs.
But once this partnership had been broken, the final three wickets fell in just six overs. Collegiate were finally dismissed in the 46th over for 218 with James Logan retuning figures of 3/35 and Jared Warner 3/53. Ed Barnes had 2/56 and Jordan Thompson and Matthew Waite had one victim each.
So the first part had been completed successfully and now it was up to the batters.
An opening stand of 51 between Harry Brook (24) and Eliot Callis bode well but, as can happen in cricket, a couple of quick wickets can alter the game and so it was here. After Brook was out, Mosun Hussain followed just two balls later and 51/0 had become 51/2.
But Captain Callis was still there and he and Ben Ainsley proceeded to steady the ship by adding 107 for the third wicket. Ainsley was eventually dismissed for 45 but Callis went on and was probably beginning to think of three figures when his stumps were rattled on 83, made in177 minutes from 135 deliveries with eight boundaries.
But Yaser Imtiaz (19), Matthew Waite (18*) and Jordan Thompson (6*) saw their side home to the full haul of eight points.