OXFORD Cheetahs left it late to claim victory over Glasgow Tigers – having not led throughout the meeting, until the end of the final race.

With everything still up for grabs, the Tigers led 43-41 but the Cheetahs won the meeting with a 5-1 led by stand-in skipper Troy Batchelor and Chris Harris, the guest for the injured Scott Nicholls.

Batchelor made a strong start in the last race of the meeting at Oxford Stadium, with Harris carving inside the Glasgow pair of Craig Cook and Tom Brennan up the back straight.

Batchelor and Harris allowed no route through for Cook, to end the meeting with a 5-1, and a 46-44 victory.

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The Tigers had taken the lead with two successive 4-2s, as Harris and Luke Killeen both suffered engine failures for the Cheetahs.

Recent signing Aaron Summers got a win on his home debut in Heat 3, before he and Cameron Heeps took a 5-1 in Heat 5 to level the scores at 15-15.

It was the last heat advantage until Heat 13, with the next seven races all drawn 3-3.

Summers made it three wins out of three in Heat 8, before repeating the trick in Heat 9.

Herald Series: Aaron Summers celebrates his fourth straight win. Picture: Steve EdmundsAaron Summers celebrates his fourth straight win. Picture: Steve Edmunds

The sequence of shared races was finally broken in Heat 13, as the Tigers took a 4-2, to move 40-38 ahead.

Dillon Ruml produced an outstanding ride in Heat 14, to keep the Cheetahs in the hunt.

The American found himself trailing Danyon Hume and under pressure from third-placed Benjamin Basso, but he stuck to his task and spotted a gap on the inside as he came off the final bend, pipping Hume to victory in a photo finish.

The 3-3 meant the visitors kept their two-point advantage going into the final race, but Batchelor and Harris ensured the hosts claimed the victory.