Greg Hay was denied a maiden century on debut for State Central Stags, but the youngster’s knock of 98 helped the champions claim first-innings points against State Wellington Firebirds at the Basin Reserve.
Hay was cut short by only two runs as he ran out of partners, but his 102-run stand with wicketkeeper (58) moved the Stags from a precarious 99 for five.
Central stood on 42 for one overnight, but lost four quick wickets in the morning session.
However, Hay and Griggs fought back to set the platform to overhaul their target.
Hay struck 14 boundaries en route to his total, with tailender offering fierce resistance without scoring to help his side to the points but not long enough to give his young team-mate three figures.
was the pick of the Wellington attack with four for 65 off 18 overs.
Veteran Hamilton claimed the wicket of (30), but Wellington posted 77 for one at stumps.