A three-wicket haul by Fairfield Liverpool first grade fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu wasn't enough for the Lions to thwart North Sydney at Rosedale Oval on Saturday.
On the second day's play, North Sydney won 5-205 to the Lions 201.
Mitchell Williams topscored with 61 and all-rounder Anthony Clark scored 58.
Sandhu took 3-47 from his 14 overs, bothering the North Sydney batsman with his pace and bounce on his home wicket.
Sandhu and fellow Lions players, batsman Ben Rohrer and fast bowler Doug Bollinger played for NSW in the Ryobi Cup one-day game against Victoria at Bankstown Oval.
In round two of the SCA competition, the Lions play Blacktown at Joe McAleer Reserve, Glendenning, this Saturday at 10.30am.
Sandhu, Rohrer and Bollinger will miss the opening day's play as NSW has another Ryobi Cup game against Western Australia.