Steven Sheard was Kennington’s hero with victory in the decider to secure a 3-2 victory over Section 1 side West Oxford Democrats in the Johnsons Buildbase Oxford League.

With the match all-square, Sheard racked up a 8,930 break to beat Billy Hill 9,060-4,470 to take the final point.

It completed a sequence of every game being won against the break.

Terry Green (3,280-2,910) had put Democrats in front before Ian Gordon (9,060, break 8,930) and Mark Trafford (12,120) replied.

Richard Garrett beat Kevin Godfrey 5,740-4,050 to level it up, but Sheard had the final word.

Vikings won 3-2 at Berinsfield thanks to Ian Moss (5,160), Alan Oliver (5,820) and Bob Allsworth (6,320).

Comrades Club were 3-2 victors at Masons B, with Adam Thorn (3,300), Simon Ellam and Chris Storch on target.

A first win of the season for Ernie Smith, who beat Luke Storch 5,180-2,170, and Chris Webb (14,080, break 12,000) provided Masons’ points.

In a rearranged match, Masons A won 4-1 against their B side and now lead Section 1 by one point. Alan Lowe top-scored with 10,150, including a break of 6,800.

In Section 2, second-placed Headington Conservative Club lost 3-2 at home to Marlborough Club.

Chris Bateman, Chris Iagoe and Arthur McIntyre triumphed for the visitors, with Tim Jeffreys and Keith Hollis on the mark for Headington.

Dolphin reeled off the first four legs for a 4-1 success at Gladiators B.

Mellissa Standbridge did well to beat Grant Johnson against the break 4,080-2,860 and further wins came from Kirst Jarvis (twice) and Sabrina Storch.

Reg Johnson prevented a whitewash.

RESULTS Gladiators B 1, Dolphin 4; Headington Con Club 2, Marlborough 3; Masons B 2, Comrades 3; Berinsfield 2, Vikings 3; Kennington 3, West Oxford Democrats 2; Didcot Con Club 4, Masons A 1. Rearranged match: Masons A 4, Masons B 1.

STANDINGS Premier: Kennington 41pts, Didcot Con Club 36, Vikings 36, Comrades 29.

Section 1: Masons A 36, West Oxford Democrats 35, Berinsfield 30, Masons B 11.

Section 2: Gladiators A 44, Headington Con Club 36, Marlborough 34, Gladiators B 29, Dolphin 22.

TONIGHT’S CUP MATCHES Didcot Con Club v Vikings, Comrades v Kennington, Gladiators A v Masons A, West Oxford Democrats v Berinsfield, Dolphin v Headington Con Club.

l THE draw for the Oxfordshire Open takes place at Didcot Conservative Club tonight.