For the second game in a row, the Fire found themselves battling the elements as well as highly competitive opponents.
With the recent rain in SE Queensland making an on-time start impossible at Allan Border Field, the Fire faced a repeat of their opening game against the ACT Meteors in Canberra when their 50-over match was reduced to a 25-over a side match.
This time, the game was reduced to a 40-over a side match, with South Australia winning the toss and electing to bowl in overcast and humid conditions.
The game started brightly enough for the home side, with impressive young bat Georgia Voll taking on similarly talented teen Darcie Brown from the Scorpions.
Voll got the better of the right-arm quick at first, picking up anything short and depositing the balls for two fours and a six.
But it was Brown, extracting significant swing, who had the last laugh. She had Voll caught for 21 from 23 deliveries after mistiming an attempted hook, before she struck an even bigger blow two balls later to have Australia star Beth Mooney trapped lbw for three with another sharply swinging and pacey delivery.
Powerful allrounder Grace Harris could not get going, caught behind on 16, and while captain Jess Jonassen joined the reliable Georgia Redmayne to frustrate the South Australia attack, game-changing spells from pacer Tahlia McGrath and leg-spinner Wellington quickly turned the momentum back to the visitors.
McGrath struck Redmayne (38) on the pads to break the 50-run fourth-wicket partnership, before an outstanding turning delivery from Wellington got through Jonassen’s defences with the left-hander stumped on 39.
Wellington, who produced prodigious turn, struck twice more to finish with 3-30 from her sever overs, while McGrath’s outswing removed Charli Knott and Georgia Prestwidge as she finished with 3-34 from eight.
Brown, who again pressed her case for a maiden Australian call-up when the squad to tour New Zealand is announced this week, claimed 2-42, Queensland feeling the absence of injured middle-order batter Laura Kimmince (foot) as they were bowled out for 170 in the final over with rookie debutant Ellie Johnston dismissed for two.
South Australia have now bettered their record from the last WNCL season, with two wins from three matches, while Queensland are yet to post a victory from two games.
The Scorpions fly to Sydney to meet Victoria on Tuesday, while Queensland next host defending champions Western Australia at Allan Border Field on February 27.