The Fire battled to get back into the game after a disastrous start saw them reeling at 4-28. A patient 34 from debutant Mikayla Hinkley and some lower order dash from Jemma Barsby (63) lifted the home side to 189, before an early wicket burst to have WA 2-12 briefly raised hopes.

However Piparo (76) and player of the match Bolton (77), who has emerged from a well-publicised battle with depression to return to cricket, laid the platform for a five wicket win.Barsby produced with the ball too, locking up an end to claim 1-24 from 10 overs before WA finished 5-191 from 43.1 overs.

WA take on Tasmania today at the same venue before the Fire play Tasmania on Monday in the opening WNCL round.