A BOURNEMOUTH councillor is involved in negotiations to save Dorset’s premier cricket ground for future generations.

Cllr Chris Mayne, who is president of the Bournemouth Evening Cricket League, has watched matches and played cricket at picturesque Dean Park for more than half a century.

The Daily Echo revealed earlier this week how the cricket ground and adjoining listed pavilion are up for sale.

Dean Park has been leased by Bournemouth University from the Cooper Dean Estate since 1995.

The lease is due to expire in November next year.

It is also used by Dorset and Parley cricket clubs.

Cllr Mayne has met a representative from Symonds and Sampson estate agents, who are working on behalf of the sellers, the Cooper Dean Estate.

He said: “We had a chat with the university and other interested parties, since then negotiations have commenced between the agent and a well known local cricket club.

“I realise the clock is ticking but I am still optimistic a deal can be reached.”

He added: “Dean Park is an idyllic cricket ground and I am passionate that it must be preserved.

“So many great cricketers have played on this hallowed ground.

“It is well used during the summer months with more than 50 fixtures this season ranging from school matches to Dorset playing Minor Counties cricket.

“It is probably one of the best maintained wickets in the area.”

Cllr Mayne has also enlist-ed the support of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce President Man-dy Payne.

She said: “Dean Park is part of Bournemouth and our heritage; it must be saved. We are looking at different ways to make that happen.”

Famous visitors to the historic cricket ground have included Prince Philip, WG Grace, Gordon Greenidge, Malcolm Marshall, David Gower, Robin Smith and Graham Gooch.