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The Mondiale Aces are playing their final Plunket Shield Match of the season against the Central Stags in Napier, from March 30 to April 2.

This season the 32-year-old from Hillsborough has been the Aces' leading wicket-taker in the Plunket Shield and has returned the best individual match figures.

Nethula claimed 11 wickets against the Central Stags at the Eden Park Outer Oval from March 8 to 11 - a total not seen by a spinner at the ground this side of the year 2000.

"I took on the responsibility to pick up as many wickets as possible and keep it in contention because we knew pulling off a win at Eden Park would take us a long way in stabilising our position at the top of the Plunket Shield, so it was really nice to get rewarded for the handwork you put into the season," Nethula says.

Moving to New Zealand from India when he was 12, Nethula played for Cornwall and first appeared in first-class cricket with the Aces in 2008.

A move to the Central Stags in 2010 saw him get more game time before returning to Auckland in 2014.

"He has literally kept us in every single game he plays and his numbers in playoffs and finals are even more spectacular."

But being consistent through all three formats didn't come overnight, Nethula says.

"A few years ago it was a bit of a challenge switching from white ball to red ball and fortunately with time and experience I've worked out a way where I can be consistent across all three [formats] and it's shown up in my numbers over the last two seasons especially."

The Mondiale Aces are playing their final Plunket Shield Match of the season against the Central Stags in Napier, from March 30 to April 2.

Having entered the four-day match on enough points to win the competition, the squad will still aim to finish top of the Plunket Shield unbeaten.

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