Namibia were put into bat and AJ Burger and Tatenda Taibu walked out to open the batting. Burger went for a duck with just nine runs on the board but his opening partner showed just what Zimbabwe are missing with a brilliant innings of 165 from 215 balls. Taibu was last man out as Namibia scored 313, Taibu contributing more than half that total.
The first innings for Easterns featured a similarly dominant innings from an opening batsman. This time Andre Seymour scoring 116. Unlike Taibu, he was joined for a while by another batsman, David Wiese who scored 60, but Easterns failed to match Namibia's total and declared on 270/9 Nicholaas Scholtz took 4/62 for Namibia with his leg spin.
Taibu only scored 34 in Namibia's second innings, but Gerrie Snyman still contributed down the order with 90 as Namibia declared on 231/9. This left Easterns with a target of 275, and 59 overs to get them in.
Going at 149/2 at almost 5 an over, it looked for a while as if they were going to chase down the total, but Bjorn Kotze removed both half-centurions within two overs, before off-spinner Deon Kotze put a strangle on the Easterns middle order with four wickets for 57 runs as time ran out.
Although Namibia will be pleased with Taibu's performance in the first innings, they will be wary of relying on him too much. Namibia's next major international engagement will be the World Cricket league Division Two tournament in Windhoek at the end of the year, and Taibu won't be eligible for them by then.
Namibia (8.76) drew with Easterns (7.78)
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek, 25-27 January
Namibia: 313 (79.2 overs, T Taibu 165, B Kotze 38, J Pienaar 3/74) & 231/9 dec. (69.5 overs, G Snyman 90, D Wiese 4/46)
Easterns: 270/9 dec. (90 overs, A Seymore 116, D Wiese 60, N Scholtz 4/62, L Klazinga 3/40) & 218/8 (59 overs, T Bodibe 53, J Booysen 50, D Kotze 4/57)