Tuesday, July 15 1760

Mary Heath a-washing for us all day, and dined with us… After dinner I and Mr Thornton set out for Lewes (I wanting to see Mr Friend, to know the price of wool), but went by Alfriston, there being a game of cricket to be played there between Sam Jenner of the same place and Storry Adams of Arlington, for two guineas each. When Adams went in first and was bowled out the first ball; then Jenner went in and [was] bowled out the first ball. Then Adams went in the second time and was again bowled out in 2 balls, and Jenner went in his second time and the first ball he had he struck and got one run, which decided the game, and I believe in less than 10 minutes they then played again for half Guinea each. Adams went in first and got 17 runs; Jenner went in and got five runs; then Adams went in his 2nd innings and got 2 more runs, and Jenner went in his last innings and was bowled out the 2nd ball, so that Adams won this game by 14 runs.

I having the good fortune to meet Mr Friend at Alfriston did not go any farther, but came home about 7:10. Spent 7d today. Paid Dr Snelling 12d in full. My wife paid Mary Heath 18d for two days’ washing. In the morning my brother came over and brought my horse. What can betray greater stupidity in mankind than to game for such large sums?

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