UPLYME & Lyme Regis are set to compete in a brand new Twenty 20 competition this summer.

They are one of seven teams who will vie for the East Devon Big Bash title.

Sidbury, Seaton, Kilmington, Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Upottery are the other sides in contention.

The Big Bash has also attracted main sponsors Lyme Regis Media and Nub News.

Gaining sponsorship has allowed organisers to offer a cash prize to the winners and runners-up, plus the tournament’s highest run-scorer and wicket-taker.

In a tweet, organisers said: “This league is to promote more cricket for youngsters, others that can’t make weekend cricket and more importantly generate more income for local clubs.”

Reaction to the new competition has been positive, with Uplyme tweeting: “Looking forward to it!”

Stephen Pritchard added: “Pleased to have a local competition – thanks for organising,” while another user said: “Great idea, can’t beat an evening game that only lasts a few hours.”

No further details on a start date or prize money have been released.

Cricket was one of the first sports to return last summer amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Players had to observe strict social distancing rules, including running two metres apart and keeping the same distance away from umpires.

Match balls, bats and players’ hands were sanitised after every six overs and mid-match teas were banned, meaning players had to cater for themselves.

For the 2021 season, which is due to begin in late April or early May, it is hoped a full calendar can be fulfilled.

Across Dorset, a highly-successful mini league was played with Dorchester winning the Division One title.