‘The Machine’ took out finishes of 135, 134 and 130 to seal the win.
“This game is all about finishing and that’s been my strength again,” said Wade, who takes on relegation-threatened Gary Anderson in Brighton next week.
“Everyone knows the form that Michael has been in but mine has been picking up and nobody scares me.
“I’m putting the work in this year and it’s showing in my performances.”
Thornton assured he would not be involved in the ‘Judgement Night’ relegation scrap as he produced an excellent display in defeating Simon Whitlock.
‘The Thorn’ moved onto nine points after averaging over 107 to delight his home crowd, while ‘Barney’ was beaten by Taylor.
The night’s results mean Whitlock may have to get a result against van Gerwen if he is to avoid relegation in Brighton next week.
By Chris Murphy