a pitched battle was fought

We hear from Ashby-de-la-zouch in this county that on monday last a pitched battle was fought upon the Bowling-green in that Town, between John Cramant, woolcomber, and Samuel Gibbins, a Cooper; it was thought by judges to be a very severe Battle, and Victory hung doubtful near half an hour; but Gibbins being disabled on his right hand, was at length obliged to give up, but not without severely handling his Antagonist, who is said to have won Blind, through dint of Game.
++The same afternoon another Battle was fought, between Francis Ramsdale of Blackfordby in the said county, and the hostler of the said White-Hart Inn, in a field next the Town; the dispute arose about which had the greatest right to the Chambermaid at the said Inn; there never was two young Heroes distinguished themselves with greater bravery and resolution than the above, for thirty-five minutes and upwards, when poor Ramsdale was obliged to resign all pretensions to the Fair Prize to the victorious Hostler, an unlucky blow having decided the combat; he did not give out till much blood had been spilt on both sides.
++[At Derby Assizes] Moses Hunt of Sheepshead, Taylor, Robert Underwood of ditto, Weaver, and William Stubley of ditto, being the three persons taken in the wood near Loughbro’, as particularly mentioned in this paper in November last, were tried on an indictment of feloniously taking away the cheeses and were acquitted.
++Yesterday the assizes here began before Sir Richard Aston, Knt. There are upwards of 40 prisoners to take their trials for different offences.